OREGON – A Malta man was arrested Wednesday for the 2020 murder of a Mount Morris woman and her unborn child.
Matthew T. Plote, 34, of Malta is facing multiple counts of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of Melissa Lamesch, 27, and her unborn child and one count each of residential arson, aggravated domestic battery and concealment of a homicidal death.
According to the arrest warrant, Plote strangled Lamesch then set fire to her house Nov. 25, 2020, in Mount Morris to conceal the death.
Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock said Plote was issued a $10 million bond and would be required to post $1 million to be released. As of about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Plote had not posted bond, Rock said.
Alexa Zoellner covers Ogle County for the Oregon Republican Reporter, Forreston Journal, Mt. Morris Times and Polo Tri-County Press. She has seven-plus years of experience in journalism and has won numerous awards, including a first place award for investigative reporting from the WNA.