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Jury finds Dean guilty of murder

John Michael Dean
John Michael Dean(WGEM)
Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 5:20 PM CST
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MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (WGEM) - A Brown County jury has returned a conviction against a Mount Sterling man accused of shooting and killing a woman more than two years ago in Brown County.

John Michael Dean, 42, was found guilty of killing Rebecca Niewohner, 44, with a .45-caliber handgun on June 14, 2019.

Police said they responded to the call of a shooting in the 400 block of East Chestnut Street in Mount Sterling. That’s where they said they found her dead, and Dean with what they say looked like a gunshot wound to the face.

Sentencing is expected in February.

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