Isbell sentenced to 12 years in prison for role in the murder of Theresa Ann Poehlman

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MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. — The final suspect in the murder of an East Peoria woman 2 years ago, was in court Monday and has pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

21-year-old Matthew Isbell accepted a sentence of 12 years for his role in the death of Theresa Ann Poehlman.

Isbell initially faced first degree murder charges though those were pled down to second degree murder. 

Theresa’s body was discovered by hikers in a wooded area in July 2017 at Funks Grove, just outside of Bloomington.

Theresa’s biological daughter, Christine Roush, with the help of Isbell, took Theresa to a wooded area where she was stabbed and killed. According to police Roush told Isbell ahead of time of the plan to kill her mother. 

Roush pleaded guilty to the crime in December and is currently serving a 40-year sentence.

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