Sentencing due for man accused in Marie's Pizza death - – Rockford’s News Leader

UPDATE: Sentencing delayed for man accused in Marie's Pizza death


A man convicted of killing is own brother will have to wait another day to learn his fate. Lamar Coates is one of then accused in Rockford's Marie's Pizza shooting. He was scheduled to be sentenced Monday but the hearing ran so long the judge decided to break for the day.

Coates was convicted of felony murder for the death of Michael Sago, 16, his brother, in October of 2011. Prosecutors say Coates, Michael Sago, Brandon Sago and Desmond Bellmon all went to Marie's Pizza to rob the place. When a gun was shown to the owner he allegedly fought with the men. An off-duty Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Pobjecky, who was also there, got a hold of a gun and shot all the men killing Michael Sago.

Coates was convicted of felony murder attempted armed robbery with a gun. He faces between 20 and 60 years. It was expect would be also face an addition 15 years for the use of a gun. But a judge ruled today that a jury did not say he had a firearm when he was convicted so that enhancement was tossed. The sentence should start Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.


Lamar Coates facing his sentence today for the death of his brother even though he never fired the shots that killed him. Michael Sago, 16, died in an attempted armed robbery attempt of Marie's Pizza on October 1, 2011.

Coates was found guilty of attempted armed robbery, mob action, two counts of felony murder, and conspiracy.  

13 News Reporter Rebecca Klopf is at the sentencing hearing this afternoon. Check back here for updates and on 13 News at 5 and 6 for the latest.

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