Second Defendant in Murder of Former St. Elmo Man Found Guilty, Given Lengthy Prison Sentence

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Published on September 12 2012 7:44 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The second man charged in the brutal murder of a former St. Elmo resident has been found guilty and given a lengthy prison sentence in St. Clair County.

38-year-old James Pierson was sentenced to 37 years in prison after a guilty plea to a count of first degree murder.  Pierson admitted to his role in the death and dismemberment of 22-year-old Zachary Irvin.

Pierson's co-defendant, Dennis Iagulli pled guilty to murder in January of this year and received a 35-year sentence.

Irvin left St. Elmo in 2010 and headed for St. Louis to look for work.  He was sleeping in an abandoned East St. Louis warehouse when he was apprehended by Iagulli and Pierson and eventually killed.

Other counts including concealment of a homicidal death were dismissed once the guilty pleas to murder were obtained.