Police: Triple murder affected them as parents

12:29 PM, May 7, 2011   |    comments
  • Sheri Coleman, and sons Garett and Gavin.
  • Chris Coleman, second from left, along with his defense team, John O'Gara, Jim Stern and William Margulies, listen to testimony on Tuesday. (Credit: Dan Martin St. Louis Post-Dispatch/STLtoday.com)
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WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) - Police officers who investigated the murders of a southwestern Illinois woman and her two young sons say the case has been hard on them as parents.

Columbia Police officers told the Belleville News-Democrat that they remember finding the bodies of Sheri Coleman and her sons, ages 11 and 9, at their home in May 2009.

Sgt. Jason Donjon says he was traumatized by the crime scene and has had trouble sleeping. He says the scene made him feel like the devil was laughing at officers.

A jury convicted Sheri Coleman's husband, Christopher, on Thursday of killing her and their sons.

Sheri Coleman's family wants to bring her and the children's bodies to her hometown of Chicago. They're currently buried in Chester, about 40 miles west of Carbondale.


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