Milford man gets 44 years for murder in restaurant owner's 2016 death

Milford man gets 44 years for murder in restaurant owner's 2016 death

WATSEKA — A 22-year-old Milford man has been sentenced to 44 years in prison for murdering Milford restaurant owner Jesus "Jesse" Cintora in November 2016.

Iroquois County Circuit Court records show that Judge James Kinzer sentenced Randy E. White during a pretrial hearing after White pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed violence as part of a plea agreement.

In return for his plea, charges of first-degree murder and burglary were dismissed.

White received sentences of 20 and 24 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively. He will be required to serve at least 22 years.

A warrant issued by the court to commit him to imprisonment was stayed until a hearing set for March 5.

Mr. Cintora, 35, of Milford, died after sustaining a gunshot wound when responding to an early-morning burglary in progress at his business, the Milford Family Restaurant, 197 E. Jones St., on Nov. 13, 2016.

When officers arrived, they discovered the building had been entered. They also found Mr. Cintora's vehicle outside.

When they looked inside, they didn't find anybody. But when they did a perimeter search, they discovered Mr. Cintora's body on the ground about one block north of the restaurant.

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