On the morning of trial Banowetz pled guilty to first-degree murder and 2 counts of armed robbery.
Authorities say the Missouri resident crossed state lines to rob Illinois attorney Randy Gori, 47. He stabbed him to death while his two children were there, officials said. Investigators credit Gori with saving their lives.
Banowetz allegedly stole Gori’s Rolls Royce, victim phones, and money.
He had a "to do" list that included plans to burn down the home with the victims inside, according to prosecutors in a report. Banowetz allegedly googled Gori in his plan to rob him. He allegedly googled the property map, and searched, "What does $1 million look like?" If it was not clear already, the alleged motive is money. Banowetz, a student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, wanted to pay off a $11,000 college loan debt due the weekend after the Jan. 4, 2020 murder, prosecutors said.
Source: Law&Crime Network