August 10, 2015

Anna Man Pleads Guilty in Beat­ing Death; Sen­tenced to 20 Years

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Travis D. Turn­er (DOB 12/11/1988) of Don­go­la, Illi­nois has plead­ed guilty to Sec­ond Degree Mur­der in con­nec­tion with the beat­ing death of James H. “Jim­my” Mor­ri­son (DOB 10/28/1967) of Anna, Illi­nois.   Turn­er was sen­tenced to twen­ty (20) years in the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, the max­i­mum sen­tence allowed under law for the offense of Sec­ond Degree Mur­der, a Class 1 Felony.  Turn­er was arrest­ed in April 2014 as part of an inves­ti­ga­tion by the Illi­nois State Police and Anna Police Department.

Today’s out­come was the result of exten­sive dis­cus­sions with Jimmy’s fam­i­ly.  Mr. Turn­er will serve the max­i­mum penal­ty for sec­ond degree mur­der and the same sen­tence received by the code­fen­dant.  It was the family’s desire to have clo­sure and cer­tain­ty regard­ing Travis Turner’s sen­tence.  I admire their strength in deal­ing with such a trag­ic loss,” State’s Attor­ney Edmonds said.

I would also like to thank the men and women of state and local law enforce­ment for their efforts to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice,” Edmonds added.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing photographs.