Life in prison: Sentence for man found guilty of murdering Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum

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FULTON COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — Nathan Woodring, the man found guilty of murdering Deputy Troy Chisum, will now face life in prison.

Woodring was found guilty but mentally ill on two counts of first-degree murder in October 2021. Tuesday, Jan. 4, he received his sentencing.

The defense asked that Woodring receive mental health treatment while in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and Judge William Poncin said he would make that recommendation.

Prior to sentencing, the defense filed a motion for a new trial. They said they believed the court made an error by denying two change of venue requests and a motion to suppress.

However, Judge Poncin denied that motion.

Before Woodring’s sentence was read, Troy Chisum’s sister Krysta Chisum delivered an emotional victim impact statement. She said June 25, 2019, was “a day our lives got turned upside down.”

She also spoke about how she texted her brother after hearing about an incident, and never received a response from him, which was unusual to her.

“This has been a very traumatic process, and I’m just glad that the trial is finally done. It’s taken two years, so it’s been a long time coming,” Krysta Chisum said.

Troy’s mother Debra Wheeler also said despite the life sentence, there was no amount of jail time that will heal her family.

“There’s nothing that can bring him back and nothing that they could do to Woodring that would help ease the pain. I’m glad he’s guilty and going away for life, but it doesn’t make us feel any better about our loss,” Wheeler said.

As previously reported, Woodring was found guilty of shooting and killing Fulton County deputy Troy Chisum in June 2019. Prosecutors said the murder happened while Chisum was responding to a disturbance call in rural Avon.

Woodring has 30 days to challenge his sentence by filing a written motion.

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