A Granite City man was given 70 years in prison Wednesday in the beating death of his girlfriend’s son in 2012.
John Holmon III, 42, was sentenced in the death of Jaesean Rusher, 20 months old. A jury found Holman guilty of first-degree murder after a week-long trial in January.
Officials said Jaesean was left alone with Holmon on Sept. 10, 2012. The boy was found with more than 50 injuries, including head trauma, later that day. At the time, they lived in the 2000 block of 14th Street in Granite City with the boy’s mother.
At the time Holmon was charged, law enforcement officers described Holmon as a “monster.”
“This is a crime of unspeakable nature,” Madison County State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons said at the time. He said the boy suffered “exceptionally brutal and heinous injuries.”
At a press conference to announce the charges the day after the boy’s murder, Granite City Police Chief Richard Miller said: “It tugs at the heart strings of law enforcement officers when such innocence can be taken by such violent means.”