OREGON, Ill. (TCD) -- A 34-year-old man was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week for allegedly lighting his girlfriend's house on fire and killing her in 2020.
According to a press release from the Ogle County Sheriff's Office, 27-year-old Melissa Lamesch and her unborn child were pronounced dead in a house fire on Nov. 25, 2020. Lamesch was allegedly found on the kitchen floor. Matthew Plote, who was reportedly in a relationship with the victim, allegedly turned himself in to authorities.
At the time of the incident, Lamesch was an EMT on maternity leave from her job where she had worked since 2017, WMAQ-TV reports. She was reportedly pregnant with her first child, a boy.
According to the Sheriff's Office, on Tuesday, March 8, Plote was indicted by a grand jury on the following counts: first-degree murder, first-degree premeditated murder, intentional homicide of an unborn child, residential arson, aggravated domestic battery, and concealment of a homicidal death. According to WREX-TV, one of the murder charges alleges that Plot killed his girlfriend "in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner."
On Wednesday, March 9, the Sheriff's Office says Plote was arrested without incident. He remains held at the Ogle County Jail on $10 million bond.
Plote could face life in prison if convicted, WREX reports.