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St. Charles carnival worker guilty of 1st-degree murder in re-trial

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 5:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 7:30 a.m. CDT
Arthur Manning

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles carnival worker was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.

Arthur Manning, 62, previously had been convicted and sentenced to a 29-year prison sentence in the 2008 murder, but that ruling had been overturned by the Illinois Appellate Court. Manning was found guilty in his re-trial, which took place this week at the Kane County Judicial Center.

Manning was convicted Wednesday by a Kane County jury in the stabbing death of Naromi Mannery, a 28-year-old St. Charles resident, in September 2008, according to a news release issued by the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

Manning faces a sentence of between 20 and 29 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Manning will receive credit for time served since he originally was taken into custody in September 2008. Manning remains in custody at the Kane County Jail, where he had been held since his 2011 release from prison in lieu of $1 million bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours before reaching a verdict. The trial lasted 2 1/2 days.

“The facts of the case didn’t change, and I’m grateful this jury saw Mr. Manning’s actions the same way as the first jury,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.

Manning’s next court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 7, in courtroom 305 in front of Circuit Judge Susan Clancy Boles for motions and sentencing.

On Sept. 21, 2008, Mannery was drinking beer on the front porch of a Main Street residence with a friend. A short time later, the men went to the side yard of 920 W. Main St., St. Charles, a residence 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.

Manning originally was convicted in February 2009 and later sentenced to 29 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In May 2011, the Illinois Appellate Court Second District overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial, ruling that improper jury instructions were allowed by the trial court.

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