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BLOOMINGTON -- A new sentencing order was issued Wednesday reducing the 440-year prison sentence for a Bloomington officer convicted of raping four women and stalking a fifth during one of the most high-profile criminal cases in the county's history.

Jeff Pelo's prison term was reduced by 65 years, to 375 years, after Judge Robert Freitag issued the new sentence in response to an October ruling by the Fourth District Appellate Court. The court upheld Pelo's convictions but said his sentence should be recalculated because penalties added onto 10 sexual assault counts were unconstitutional.

The new order was entered after the appellate mandate was received in McLean County court.

The former Bloomington police sergeant was convicted in 2008 of 37 counts relating to the sexual assault of four women in their Bloomington homes between 2002 and 2005, and stalking of another woman for a year before his 2006 arrest outside her Bloomington home.

McLean County's Chief Felony Prosecutor Mark Messman said previously that the reduction does not alter the heinous nature of the charges or the lengthy sentence Pelo should serve for his offenses.

 

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