Murder of neighbor leads to life behind bars

DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – A man who shot his neighbor in the back and killed him will spend life in prison.

The News-Gazette reports 42-year-old Theron M. Price will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a Thursday sentencing hearing. He killed William Newbern III, 42, after an argument in 2014.

Prosecutors say Price and Newbern, who lived only two away from each other, played cards and shared a bottle of vodka in the victim’s Clarence Street apartment the night before the shooting. They argued about a speaker that Price had given a neighbor.

On Nov. 25, 2014, police found Newbern’s body on the ground in a yard located in the 500 block of N. Griffin St. The newspaper says he had three gunshot wounds from a .38-caliber weapon in his back.

Price showed no emotion and declined to speak, the paper reports, before Judge Nancy Fahey sentenced him to 60 years and natural life for first-degree murder. He has to pay $6,284 in restitution and other court costs.

In court, Fahey said what Price did was “despicable, inexcusable and unacceptable”.