The year of crime in Peoria was no different…2013 brought bizarre break-ins, murder, gang violence, and changed lives forever.
The chilling slaying of a Beason family shocked the small community in 2009, and the high profile murder trial moved into Peoria County in 2013.
In January, we learned the trial of Christopher Harris would be moving from Logan to Peoria County.
Christopher Harris was accused of killing five members of the Gee and Constant family inside their Beason home in September of '09.
The defense argued one of the victims, 14-year-old Dillen constant, was in the middle of murdering his family when Christopher Harris walked in and killed the boy in self defense.
In May, Christopher Harris was found guilty on all counts, including murder and attempted murder.
In July, Harris was sentenced to five consecutive life terms for each of his victims.
His brother, Jason, took a plea deal for his involvement in the crimes.
Jason Harris was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but will be out in six because of time served.
September of 2013 kicked off a bizarre rash of similar home invasions in Peoria.
Suspects entered through unlocked doors in the early morning hours.
Victims were tied up in their own homes, guns held to their head, left there while intruders looted their homes.
They'd then take off in the homeowners' vehicles.
Multiple home invasions happened around the city, including Weaver Ridge subdivision.
At the end of November, police arrested 43-year-old Perry Rosetto in connection to multiple home invasions.
Arrests of more men followed
Twenty-year-old Blair Johnson, 22-year-old Marvin Payton, 19-year-old Stefan Crayton joined Rosetto.
Three of the men have been indicted, facing home invasion, armed robbery, and unlawful restraint for one of the home invasions.
Their bond is set at a half million dollars.
2013 also brought the first full year of Peoria's anti-violence initiative, "Don't Shoot".
A report released mid-year revealed gun violence was down in the river city.
Officers ramped up patrols in crime ridden areas as part of "Don't Shoot".
But in September, Peoria saw a wave of gun violence.
Police responded to five shootings in six days, including a double homicide after a home invasion.
Still, city leaders and police said the "Don't Shoot" program was on track.
In October, another push to stamp out street gangs…
Twelve men were indicted in a "Don't Shoot” crack down, followed the second ever target offender call-in.
It's a chance for offenders to turn their lives around.
Twenty-two men were called in and as soon as they walked out, they could see the faces of 50 gang members who were already put behind bars as part of "Don't Shoot."
In December another crime report showed a downward trend.
Crime, robbery, criminal sexual assault and burglary, all were down in Peoria.
The only increase, the number of homicides, but most of those are gang related or domestic.
The police department is looking forward to 2014 and bringing more crime fighting technology to the river city.