East St. Louis man sentenced in Decatur murder case


A Macon County judge sentenced Cornelius Jones, 34 of East St. Louis, to 35 years for first degree murder and an additional 25 years for personally discharging a firearm that caused a death.

Fifty-four-year-old, Bennie Topps was shot to death in July in an alley near Van Dyke Street in Decatur.

The second man charged in the shooting, Dorian Harris, returns to court for a hearing March 4th.

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