Sentencing scheduled for today of Mt. Vernon man found guilty of murdering his brother

Sentencing scheduled for today of Mt. Vernon man found guilty of murdering his brother

MT. VERNON, IL — A 37-year-old Mt. Vernon man is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County court for the 2018 murder of his brother.

A Jefferson County jury found Matthew Sloan guilty in July of first-degree murder of his brother David.

The two men had reportedly been drinking all day of July 4, 2018, and became involved in a physical fight when they arrived at the defendant’s rural Mt. Vernon home.

Matt Sloan went inside the home and into his room, with his brother following. Matt Sloan then shot David once they were inside.

The jury took about two hours to convict Matt Sloan for his brother’s murder. A pre-sentencing report in the case has been completed and submitted to the court. Sloan is facing between 45 years and life in prison.

Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun said after the verdict that the case was “a terrible thing” for everyone involved. He noted that Sarah Sloan lost her husband, Matt Sloan’s parents lost a son, and Matt Sloan himself lost a brother.

Featherstun says there was no one who felt good about the case or its outcome.

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