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Bloomington man sentenced to 34 years for stabbing his wife to death, breaking stepson's leg
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Bloomington man sentenced to 34 years for stabbing his wife to death, breaking stepson's leg


BLOOMINGTON — A man was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his wife to death and injuring his stepson.

Monroe Elbert, 51, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Elbert. Authorities said he killed her Feb. 5, 2018, in their Bloomington home as she was preparing to leave him.

He was sentenced to an additional four years for aggravated domestic battery of a minor, previously identified in court as his stepson. Court documents indicate Elbert was angry with the boy in fall 2017 when he twisted the boy's leg, causing a fracture in two places.

In June, Elbert pleaded guilty but mentally ill to both charges

He must serve the entirety of the 30-year term and then at least 85 percent of the domestic battery sentence. He then will have seven years of mandatory supervised release, formerly known as parole.

He also was ordered to undergo mental health treatment. His history of mental illness, including schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, was previously presented in court.

Before Judge Scott Drazewski issued the sentence, Nicole Elbert’s mother and father gave victim impact statements, emphasizing the loss they have felt since their daughter was killed.

Her murder “has forever changed all of our lives,” said Melissa Pendley, Nicole Elbert’s mother, speaking of her five grandchildren and the rest of her family.

Public defender Brian McEldowney agreed with the 34-year sentence as presented by Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Koll, calling it “entirely appropriate" when all factors were taken into consideration. He said, however, his client has asked to appeal to have the guilty plea revoked.

The judge said he has 30 days to file such a motion.

Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.

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