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Former Illinois trooper gets 50 years for killing girlfriend

A former Illinois state trooper convicted of killing his girlfriend has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.  Prosecutors say 35-year-old Brian Himber of Chicago was sentenced for the shooting death of 29-year-old Tracy Mays of Joliet in July 2012. 

He was convicted of first-degree murder in January. He must serve all of his sentence.

Prosecutors say a few hours after arriving at a graduation party in Westchester, the off-duty trooper fired a handgun and struck Mays several times as she sat on a porch. She later died at a hospital. 

Himber also shot himself once in the chin but has since recovered from that injury.

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