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Eldorado man gets life sentence for murder of 4-year-old

Richard Turner, II Richard Turner, II
Jessika James Jessika James
SALINE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

A Eldorado man will spend life behind bars for the murder of a 4-year-old girl.

Richard Turner, II, was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Turner was found guilty in March 2013 of first degree murder in the 2009 death of 4-year-old Jessika James.

Investigators say the child died at a St. Louis hospital.

A medical examiner said she died from a blow to the back of her head.

In 2009, paramedics responded to a 911 call and found James unresponsive and in critical condition.

Turner was dating the child's mother when the crime took place.

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