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Final suspect sentenced in 2015 murder of Tommie Forest

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PEORIA (HOI) -- A Peoria man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison in connection with the 2015 death of 14-year-old Tommie Forest.

Samuel Clay, 23, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to aggravated battery in connection with the teen's shooting death in August.

Clay is the fifth suspect accused in connection to Forest's death.

Tommie Forest III, a star football and basketball player at Peoria High School, was shot to death on October 10, 2015, during a botched home invasion in the 2400 block of N. Flora Ave. in Peoria.

In April 2019, Alex Collins, 25, was sentenced to 95 years in prison for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Kainen Lacy, 24, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated battery in connection with the incident in 2017.

Dontarius Berdin, 23, was sentenced to 21 years earlier this year.

Kiangelo Marshall, 21, was sentenced to 65 years on murder charges in 2017.

Sheridan Swathwood

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