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Homicide suspect charged with first-degree murder, reportedly lived with victim

PEORIA, Ill. - The man charged with first-degree murder for the Saturday homicide of 67-year-old Thomas Whitby could be facing 20-100 years in prison. 

According to Monday's bond hearing, 39-year-old Daniel J. Jablonski lived with Whitby, as well as a female, on Northeast Rock Island Avenue. A leveling tool was found with part of the end broken off, used to bludgeon Whitby.

Whitby had suffered multiple blunt force injuries to the head, according to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood. 

The female had gotten into a verbal incident with Jablonski the night before, and when she came back to the residency the next morning, learned he had killed Whitby. She reportdid not believe him, until she arrived at the house and called the police. 

The two men reportedly had a conversation that ended up angering Jablonski, which led to him reportedly beating and killing the other man. 

Peoria police arrested Jablonski around 5:15 p.m. Saturday. They were called to the area around 9:45 a.m., where they found Whitby unresponsive. 

Harwood confirmed Whitby's identity after a Sunday autopsy.

Jablonski will not receive probation. 


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