Rockford man sentenced to 70 years for beating girlfriend to death

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Terrell Ellis will spend 70 years in prison for brutally beating his girlfriend to death in 2016, a judge ordered Thursday.

Ellis was convicted of First Degree Murder in May of 2019.

Prosecutors say Ellis killed 35-year-old Monica Box in her home on Louisiana Road.

Ellis had several prior run-ins with police, and had been released from prison the day before the murder.

The jury said the crime was exceptionally brutal and cruel.

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