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Washington man admits guilt in 2019 Tazewell County slaying


TAZEWELL COUNTY (WEEK) - A Washington man pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the death of a Morton man in 2019.

The Tazewell County State's Attorney's office did not enter into a plea deal with Daniel Allbritton, 53, but will recommend up to 38 years in prison.

The victim, John Tyler, was initially reported missing in early December of 2019, but a jogger found his body just before Christmas in a wooded area near Schmidgall Road in rural Tazewell County. Tyler, who was from Morton, died from blunt force trauma, according to the coroner.

A forensic scientist's report indicated blood samples taken from Allbritton's car and garage contained Tyler's DNA.

Allbritton's sentencing is scheduled for September 16.

Howard Packowitz

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