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Crime & Courts

Sentencing stayed in Ottawa manslaughter case

Mason Shannon
Mason Shannon

Sentencing is on hold in a rural Ottawa involuntary manslaughter case.

Mason Shannon, 44, was to be sentenced Thursday for unintentionally killing Michael Castelli during an altercation last year in rural Ottawa. Sentencing did not take place, because Shannon''s attorneys obtained an order from the Illinois Supreme Court to stop proceedings, while issues raised by the attorneys are addressed.

Shannon's counsel wants him judged not guilty or be given a new trial. They also want a new judge and a special prosecutor brought in to handle the case, because of alleged improprieties during proceedings.

One of the attorneys' contentions is Shannon was prosecuted, because Shannon is homosexual. In court papers this week, State's Attorney Karen Donnelly denied that and other allegations made by the defense team.

Shannon, of Mason City, Iowa, is free on bond. His attorneys are Douglas DeBoer, of Joliet, and Paul DeLuca, of Oakbrook Terrace.

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