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Peoria man sentenced to 80 years in 'bodyless murder' case

A gavel rests on a judge's bench in a blurry courtroom. The text "WCBU Courts" sits on top of that photo.

A Peoria man was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 80-year prison term in a murder case.

Allen Schimmelpfennig, 30, was convicted of killing Gabriel Cook in 2021.

Cook's body was never found. Schimmelpfennig was found guilty on circumstantial evidence, including a large pool of dried blood found in his storage locker.

The sentence includes 75 years for first-degree murder and five years for concealing a homicidal death.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.