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Man pleads guilty to Mt. Carmel murder

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 1:47 PM CDT
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MT. CARMEL, Ill. (WFIE) - A man has pleaded guilty to the January 2020 murder of a Mt. Carmel woman.

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Ruben Corzine was set to go to trial next month, but instead pleaded guilty Thursday.

His sentencing hearing is set for September 10, and might need to resume September 17.

Police say Corzine stabbed 41-year-old Jennifer Phelps in 900 block of Cherry Street.

Phelps was the mother of three sons.

Her sister says it’s been a long road for the family and community.

“We would really like to thank the community for all the support. We had over 2,000 people come to Jen’s funeral. Just be aware when someone asks for help. Make sure they receive it,” said Deanna Woods.

Jennifer Phelps
Jennifer Phelps(Short-Cunningham Funeral Home)

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