Sentencing upheld for ex-Bear girlfriend’s killer

A judge has refused a request for a lighter sentence by a woman

convicted of killing the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago

Bears player Shaun Gayle.

Attorneys for Marni Yang, of Deerfield, Ill., filed the motion

to reconsider the life in prison sentence as the final required

step before appealing her conviction for the Oct. 4, 2007, slaying

of Rhoni Reuter and Reuter’s unborn child.

Prosecutors accused Yang of carefully planning the execution of

someone she viewed as a rival for the football player’s

affection.

Defense attorneys argued Monday that a life sentence was

excessive. Now that Associate Judge Christopher Stride has rejected

the argument, Yang’s attorneys said they will file an appeal with

the 2nd District Appellate Court.