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Article updated: 5/11/2013 6:20 PM

Man convicted in East Peoria killing

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By Associated Press

PEKIN, Ill. -- Jurors in Pekin have convicted a Peoria man of shooting a man to death in East Peoria last June.

The Pekin Daily Times reports that 23-year-old James Johnson was convicted on Friday after jurors deliberated for two hours. He was charged with shooting 21-year-old Justin Siebenthal to death when Siebenthal tried to stop an armed robbery at his East Peoria home.

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Johnson was on trial in Tazewell County for two weeks. He will be sentenced July 25.

A co-defendant, 21-year-old Carlton Neely, pleaded guilty in December. His plea was in exchange for a 40-year term and his testimony against Johnson.

Johnson's defense attorney said the murder was Neely's fault.

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