PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of another man will likely spend the rest life behind bars after a judge sentenced him to 70 years in prison.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that 29-year-old Thurman D. Ellis of East Peoria must serve the entire 70-year sentence imposed Friday by Chief Peoria Circuit Judge Paul Gulfillan.

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On Sept. 7 of last year, Ellis and William K. Edwards began fighting after Edwards refused to hand over some marijuana that Ellis wanted. Authorities say Edwards grabbed a butter knife and stabbed Edwards 25 times.

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The judge imposed the sentence after prosecutors noted that Ellis admitted to investigators that he stabbed Edwards even after he’d stopped fighting and told Ellis to take the marijuana.

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