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Man convicted of killing family to leave Ill.

5:55 PM, Jun 18, 2011   |    comments
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PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) -- The southwestern Illinois man convicted of strangling his wife and their two sons is being moved out of Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Corrections is in the process of moving Christopher Coleman to another state.

Corrections department Chief of Staff Cara Smith tells the Belleville News-Democrat that relocations are typically done for safety and security reasons.

Coleman didn't ask to be moved.

Coleman was convicted of killing Sheri Coleman and their sons, 11-year-old Garett and 9-year-old Gavin, in their home in Columbia in May 2009. He's serving a life sentence.

Prosecutors contend Coleman committed the crime to further an affair and avoid losing his high-paying ministry security job.

Smith says he's still being housed at the Pontiac Correctional Center as officials search for a state willing to take him.

 

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