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Illinois man convicted in the brutal sting of the ecclesiastical leaders of the group in Indiana

Ryan Connors pictured after his arrest in January 2017.

(Vanderburgh County Jail)

An Illinois man was convicted Wednesday in the brutal January 2017 plug-death of a church, the leader of the group and wounded another in an Indiana motel room.

Ryan Connors, 27, of East St. Louis, was found guilty of murder, attempted murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in the killing of the 43-year-old Avery Lee Scott Shoe of North Carolina in an Evansville Motel 6.

According to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s office, Connors together with the Shoe of the group, while he was traveling in the Midwest. On the night of Jan. 6, 2017, Connors attacked Shoe, and put him to death.

Another member of the church, the group, Henry Turner, tried to escape the room and was also stabbed multiple times. During Connors’ trial, Turner testified that he survived by lying on the ground, and death.

The researchers said Connors stole a bag of money and took off in the church group. He was arrested about 24 hours later in the parking lot of a motel in Lexington, Ky.

“With this guilty verdict, Ryan Connors will be held responsible for the lives he forever changed that night,” Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann said in a statement.

Connors is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14. He faces up to 105 years in prison.

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