Man Convicted of Murdering Wayne County Deputy Seeking to Toss Life Sentence in Clinton County

Man Convicted of Murdering Wayne County Deputy Seeking to Toss Life Sentence in Clinton County

CLINTON COUNTY (WRXX) – A 42-year-old man convicted of murdering a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy last year is now scheduled for a November jury trial on 30 related charges in Clinton County Court.

Ray Tate is already serving a life sentence in Menard Correctional Center for Deputy Riley’s first-degree murder, but is currently attempting to withdraw his guilty plea in the Wayne County case and to have his life sentence tossed out.

The 30 felony charges in Clinton County stem from events following the crime spree that started after Deputy Sean Riley was shot to death on Interstate 64.

Prosecutors claim that after shooting Deputy Riley and stealing his squad car, Tate then forced a truck driver to take him to Missouri where he allegedly shot another person and took their vehicle.

Missouri prosecutors have filed 14 felony charges against Tate and have expressed a strong desire to bring him to trial.

Tate then came back across the border into Illinois where he reportedly carjacked another person taking the driver and his car to Clinton County where he allegedly forced his way into a rural Carlyle home, and held both the car driver and the homeowner captive during a police standoff.

The two men were ultimately released unharmed. But Clinton County authorities have charged Tate with 30 felony offenses in connection with his alleged actions in Clinton County that day.

Tate is scheduled for a November 7 final pre-trial hearing and November 21 jury trial on the Clinton County charges.

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