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Harrisburg man found guilty of attempted murder

SALINE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A Harrisburg man was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder and several other charges.

James E. Houston, 34, of Harrisburg was found guilty on May 29 of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery of a child, endangering the life or health of a child, and criminal damage to property by a Saline County jury.

Houston is accused of shoving and grabbing his former girlfriend around the throat, according to Saline County State's Attorney Michael J. Henshaw. He's also accused of pressing a pillow on the back of her head, forcing her face down onto a bed and strangling her in her Eldorado, Ill. apartment.

Earlier the same day, Houston is accused of causing bodily harm to his former girlfriend's 2-year-old child by causing an injury round the face, head, and body.

A neighbor came to help the woman and child.

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