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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Guilty plea in EP murder

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  • One of two Peoria men charged with killing an East Peoria man in his home during an attempted drug robbery pleaded guilty today.
    Carlton Neely, 21, will receive a 40-year prison term -- but only if he testifies honestly for prosecutors in the scheduled trial of co-defendant James Johnson. Neely won’t be sentenced until after Johnson’s case is adjudicated.
    Neely pleaded guilty to an amended charge of first-degree murder that carries a sentence range of 35 to 75 years in prison with no time reductions.
    He and Johnson are accused of fatally shooting Justin Siebenthal, 21, after midnight last June 13 in Siebenthal’s home in East Peoria’s Richland Bottoms area. The two allegedly burst through the door and sought to rob Siebenthal of marijuana but began shooting when Siebenthal put up a fight.
    For more details, read Thursday’s edition of the Daily Times or return to this website later.

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