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Former carnival worker sentenced to 25 years for 2008 murder

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 3:08 p.m. CDT

A former St. Charles carnival worker has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a 2008 murder that occurred after a disagreement turned violent.

Arthur Manning, 63, was sentenced Wednesday. Manning was convicted in December 2013 of first-degree murder for stabbing to death 28-year-old Naromi Mannery of St. Charles in September 2008.

It was the second time Manning was convicted of the crime. Manning originally was convicted for killing Mannery in February 2009. In May 2011, the Illinois Appellate Court ordered a new trial.

On Sept. 21, 2008, Mannery was drinking beer on the front porch of a St. Charles home with a friend, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. A short time later, the men went to the side yard of 920 W. Main St., St. Charles, a home the friend shared with Manning and co-defendants Guy Manning and Willie L. Wimberly.

Mannery was told to leave the property because the landlord did not allow nonresidents to be present. Mannery refused to leave, and the confrontation became physical, with Arthur Manning stabbing Mannery three times, killing him, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“I just went berserk,” Manning told St. Charles police when he was interviewed after the stabbing. “I don’t like to stop until somebody goes to the hospital or somebody goes to the graveyard.”

According to Illinois law, Manning must serve all of the sentence, but will receive credit for time served in the Kane County jail and in prison. Manning has been in custody since September 2008.

The two co-defendants in the case each pleaded guilty. Guy Manning and Wimberly each pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and each was sentenced to eight years in prison.

“This case is a textbook example of why violence is the wrong way to settle disputes,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a news release. “When their disagreement escalated, Mr. Manning took matters into his own hands instead of calling 911. Mr. Manning might not have been looking for trouble that night, but when trouble found him, his response left a man dead and him probably living out his life behind bars.”

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