34-year-old convicted triple-murderer Chris Coleman has been moved out of state. The former head of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries was convicted of killing his wife and two young sons at their Columbia, Illinois, home in May. He had been serving his time at the Pontiac Correctional Center, but officials say he has been moved to an undisclosed location for his own safety.
Coleman is serving life in prison without parole. The convicted killer waived his right to have a jury decide his fate, opting instead to let the judge choose his sentence. Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty, but the judge instead handed down three life sentences for the murders. The jury, and judge, could have sentenced Coleman to the death penalty, but it would not have been carried out. Illinois has banned the death penalty as of July 1, and Governor Pat Quinn stated he would commute any death sentence issued before the law takes effect.