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UPDATE: Marni Yang Sentenced to Life in Prison

Judge orders two life sentences for killing of Rhoni Reuter and her unborn child.

Marni Yang received two life sentences Friday for killing Rhoni Reuter and her unborn child nearly five years ago.

In delivering his decision, Judge Christopher Stride refered to Yang's, "methodical, meticulous and maniacal manner in which you committed this crime."

Check back with Patch for a full story soon.

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Nearly five years after shooting and killing a pregnant woman in her Deerfield condo, Marni Yang will be sentenced for the death of Rhoni Reuter and her unborn child.

Yang is scheduled to appear before Judge Christopher Stride at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan.

In March, a jury found her of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child.

Authorities say she gunned Reuter down in her Deerfield apartment back in 2007. Reuter was six-months pregnant with the child of former Bears player Shaun Gayle. During the trial, Gayle admitted to jurors that he was also having a sexual relationship with Yang at the time of the shooting. 

Yang’s sentencing was initially scheduled for April 29 but was continued until May 20.

According to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office the defense had filed several post-trial motions and they needed time to submit written responses to them.

Stay tuned to Deerfield Patch for what happens in court on Friday.  

-Previous article on May 9-

The sentencing of convicted murderer, , has been continued to May 20.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Patricia Fix told Patch, “The defense had filed a lot more post-trial motions and we needed time to file some written responses for it,” she said. “So it was their motion but we had no objection.”

Yang was scheduled to be sentenced for the first-degree murder of Rhoni Reuter and the intentional homicide of her unborn child on April 29. In March, a jury found Yang guilty of shooting and killing Reuter in her Deerfield condo back in 2007.

Reuter was six-months pregnant with the child of former Bears player . At the time of the shooting, Yang was also romantically involved with the Super Bowl winner.

Fix said she hopes to conclude the case on May 20.

The sentencing is set to take place at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan.  

-Previous article on April 28-

The sentencing hearing scheduled for Marni Yang on Friday has been cancelled according to the Daily Herald.

Yang faces a minimum sentence of life in prison after a jury convicted her in March of gunning down a pregnant woman in her Deerfield condo back in 2007. Yang was charged with the first-degree murder of Rhoni Reuter and intentional homicide of her unborn child.

At the time of the shooting, Reuter was six-months pregnant with the child of former Bears player Shaun Gayle who Yang was also intimate with.    

Daily Herald's website states attorneys are figuring out a new sentencing date that could be sometime in May or June.  

-Previous article on April 28-

is scheduled to appear before Judge Christopher Stride for a sentence hearing on Friday.

On March 15 a jury found Yang guilty of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child.

of killing 42-year-old Rhoni Reuter in her Deerfield condo back in 2007. Reuter was six months pregnant with the child of former Bears player Shaun Gayle. At the time of the shooting, Yang was also with the Super Bowl winner.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed Yang’s sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan. She faces a minimum sentence of life in prison. 

Becca April 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM
The Daily Herald is saying that it was delayed until June. Did they just confirm it recently?
Natalie Kaplan April 29, 2011 at 12:29 AM
I called the state's attorney's office yesterday and that's what they told me but I guess I better check again.
Adrian April 30, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Patch.com? Do you have some info for us about the civil trial? Is that still in the works? It was mentioned at the start of that Yang trial.
Jeff April 30, 2011 at 03:12 PM
why was the sentencing postponed, what circumstances would allow a deay? How is she doing in prision?
Norit May 02, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Natalie, would you please let us know why this was postponed? Why? When will it take place now? What about that civil trial that was mentioned?
Natalie Kaplan May 02, 2011 at 06:58 PM
I've currently got calls into Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Patricia Fix concerning the rescheduling of Yang's sentencing and I just left a message with Attorney Christopher Stombaugh, who I believe is representing the Reuter family in a civil lawsuit against Yang in Cook County. I will post updates as soon as they become available.
Reader May 03, 2011 at 11:27 PM
I too am interested in why the sentencing was postponed. Is there more to the story? What reason could there be? Does it have anything to do with Hedrick's promises for an appeal? Thanks Natalie for followin up on this story.
Deborah May 05, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Natalie. Thank you for following up on this. I wonder why the sentencing was delayed. Would they tell us if there is a pending plea deal? They didn't give a reason which indicated that it wasn't something mundane as a scheduling conflict or someone being sick. I don't think that a pending appeal would effect the sentencing would it? I don't see how she can appeal anyway. On what grounds? Seems preposterous It sounds like there is more to the story. Please let us know, Natalie.
Beatta May 09, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Thanks Natalie and Patch team. This is confusing. A post trial motion can be a request for a new trial or request to modify some count in the case. If the pros. doesn't have any objection is that because they know it won't fly or is there new information in the case?
local May 09, 2011 at 10:35 PM
There was a death of a close family member in the Reuter family, funeral service was the same day as sentencing was scheduled.
Beatta May 10, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Local...thank you for that input. I wonder why they didn't just say that. That poor family has been through so much pain and sorrow. It is heartbreaking.
Beatta May 10, 2011 at 12:12 AM
but maybe it was more than that if Patch says it was the motions. Its all Greek to me.
decentcitizen May 10, 2011 at 03:07 AM
stinkin waste of time... put that woman away please!
Natalie Kaplan May 10, 2011 at 04:21 AM
Local, that's an interesting point. Attorney Fix didn't mention anything about that but it's good to know.
Jacob May 10, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Natalie, don't you think Attorney Fix would have just said that if that was all there was? Did you have a sense that the post trial motions are just Yang's attempt to file an appeal or is there more to this case? Please let us know. Also, what is the word on the civil trial?
Natalie Kaplan May 10, 2011 at 04:38 PM
I do think Ms. Fix would have mentioned that so I don't think that was the main reason. She also told me that she hopes to conclude the case on May 20th, so I'm assuming there's not a whole lot more except for the sentencing. However, that's not confirmed. I just left another message for Attorney Christopher Stombaugh, I believe he's the Wisconsin lawyer that's representing the Reuter family in the civil case. Hopefully, he'll get my message and give me a call back.
Ellie May 12, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Natalie, would you be able to find out if there are going to be additional charges in this crime? Did the state decide not to charge the woman who wore the wire because of her eventual cooperation? (even though she didn't stop Yang and helped her conceal evidence?) When you said that Ms Fix didn't have any objection to the post trial motions of the defense team, it made me wonder if Yang was going to proffer a deal? Please let us know. Thank you very much
MaddieT June 13, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Miss Kaplan: what is the status of the civil trial? or has that been cancelled now that there isn't a chance for her to be released ever? Does the state intend to bring forth charges against the friend who helped before and after? Please let us know...that case is still big news
Natalie Kaplan June 13, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Maddie, I've left two messages for the Reuter's lawyer in Wisconsin so far to get an update on the civil trial. However, I haven't heard back at all. I'll try again.
Reader July 01, 2011 at 08:44 PM
It looks like Marni has her 5137 N Saint Louis Ave home up for sale for $399K. Even though it would never make up for the loss they suffered at Marni's hands, I hope that money goes to the Reuter family.
Julie W July 28, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Natalie! Today the media is reporting that a civil jury decided to award the Reuter family 40 MILLION. Why didn't the media report that there was a civil trial? No one told us that it was happening. Today's news brings more questions--how long did this trial take? Is this the end of it or the beginning? Is the family going to go after Gayle for money? Who owned Reuter's condo? Did the Reuter family get the money from Rhoni's condo or did Gayle own it? Marni Yang isn't rich. This is just about reserving rights towards profits from books or movies?! Where is the money coming from? and why was this kept so hush-hush with the press?!?!?!?!
Julie W July 28, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Here is the info. I read other people requesting info but no one gave anything. This is very odd, don't you think? Why wouldn't Patch have known? http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/27/jury-awards-40m-to-reuter-family-in-suit-against-marni-yang/
paul earley November 19, 2012 at 12:21 AM
What prison,is marni yang in?

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