Gillespie Police Department is carrying out the investigation into the death of a 79-year-old Gillespie woman after the police department was requested to do a well-being check at her residence late on Sunday, December 15.
The investigation has led to Clinton Sanders, age 35, being charged with first-degree murder. Sanders remains in custody on a $1 million bond at the Macoupin County Jail and is being represented by the public defender. His next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15.
Gillespie Police Chief Jared DePoppe and Gillespie Police Detective Laurie Gerdes said the woman, Sandra Sanders, is the mother of Clinton. Sandra and Clinton shared the residence in the 400 block of East Easton Street near Welfare Park where police were requested to do the well-being check.
Chief DePoppe described Sandra was alive when authorities arrived however she had suffered severe injuries to her head and neck. She was transported by Gillespie-Benld Area Ambulance Service to Carlinville Area Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Clinton was at the residence at the time of the well-being check and was taken into custody by the Gillespie Police Department.
An obituary for Sandra was not available at the time of publication.
The first-degree murder charge is a Class M felony that carries a 20 to 60-year sentence in the Department of Corrections.
According to court records, Clinton is also facing a criminal felony charge dating back to 2017 after he was charged with aggravated battery and disorderly conduct with a laser pointer. Sanders is accused of making contact of an insulting or provoking nature by allegedly picking a Gillespie police officer off the ground in a bear hug while knowing the officer was engaged in the execution of their official duties, and pointing a laser pointer at the officer.
The 2017 aggravated battery and disorderly conduct charge is a Class 2 felony that carries a sentence of 3 to 7 years. The pre-trial for the 2017 case is also scheduled for Wed., Jan. 15.