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A homeless Pekin man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the beating death of another homeless man.

32-year-old Johnathan Tandy pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the September 2010 death of 55-year-old Michael Marshall. Marshall died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head and neck due to assault. Marshall's body was found lying on a concrete slab under the John T. McNaughton Bridge in Pekin.

Jury selection in Tandy's trial was scheduled for Monday, but instead there was a plea agreement. Tandy was originally charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He also must serve two years of probation when he finishes his prison sentence.

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