A central Illinois man has been found guilty of killing his sister-in-law and burying her body in a shallow grave.
A Putnam County jury on Friday found Cliff Andersen guilty of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide in the death of 63-year-old Deborah Dewey. The 68-year-old Anderson faces from 20 years to life without parole when he is sentenced Aug. 23.
Dewey’s body was found in August 2016 in Standard, Ill., buried in the yard of a vacant home blocks from Andersen’s. She had been reported missing a few weeks earlier. Prosecutors said Andersen’s DNA was mixed with hers in blood that was found inside the house.
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