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Monroe Elbert enters a courtroom for a hearing in March at the McLean County Law and Justice Center, Bloomington. Elbert, who appeared in court on Friday, will serve 34 years in prison for stabbing his wife to death and injuring his stepson.

Monroe Elbert, 51, appeared in McLean County Circuit Court on Friday on his motion to withdraw his guilty plea.

But Public Defender Brian McEldowney told Judge Scott Drazewski that "He (Elbert) wishes to forgo a hearing on the motion to withdraw his guilty plea and is ready to serve his sentence."

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

He also was sentenced to four years for aggravated domestic battery of a minor, previously identified in court as his stepson.

In June, Elbert pleaded guilty but mentally ill to both charges. His history of mental illness, including schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, was presented in court.

Drazewski spent several minutes on Friday making sure that Elbert wanted his motion withdrawn.

"I'm sticking with the guilty plea," said Elbert, who said he understood that he would serve his sentence.

Elbert was returned to custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

After the hearing, McEldowney explained that Elbert had some reservations about the negotiated plea agreement.

"Ultimately, he decided it was in his best interest to adhere to the agreement," McEldowney said.

Assistant State's Attorney Mary Koll said, "We are pleased that there is a final resolution for the family."

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Contact Paul Swiech at 309-820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech.