Indiana court upholds sentence in couple's murder


INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a 120-year prison sentence for a man convicted of murdering the parents of a former Chicago television talk show host.

The Times of Munster reports the court ruled 3-0 Wednesday that 19-year-old Reo Thompson's consecutive 60-year sentences are in line with Indiana's sentencing standards for murder. The court also found that Thompson benefited by pleading guilty because prosecutors dropped 13 felony charges he had faced in the deaths of 76-year-old Ruby and 78-year-old Milton McClendon.

The couple's son is former Chicago CLTV host Garrard McClendon.

Prosecutors said Thompson and a 20-year-old accomplice who's also serving a 120-year sentence broke into the McClendons' Hammond home on Oct. 18, 2009. They were later found dead from bullet wounds in an Illinois forest preserve.

Information from: The Times

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