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Springfield Man Convicted of First-Degree Murder

A Springfield man, Jason R. Danenberger, has been convicted of first-degree murder for the 2018 shooting deaths of his roommate and a friend.

Jason R. Danenberger, 43, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 53-year-old Thomas S. Poudzunas and 47-year-old John T. Buecker, both residents of Springfield.

The legal proceedings began after a distressing incident unfolded in 2018. On June 15, 2018, Thomas S. Poudzunas was discovered with a gunshot wound in the 800 block of Daniel Avenue, leading to Danenberger's arrest.

The following night, during a welfare check at the Oakwood Mobile Home Court off Peoria Road, the lifeless body of John T. Buecker was found. Subsequently, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, police apprehended Danenberger at a trailer within the Lucky Horseshoe Trailer Park, marking a crucial development in the case.

Sangamon County State's Attorney Dan Wright said, " The Defendant was found guilty on all counts thanks to the good work of the Springfield Police Department, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Command."

Jason R. Danenberger is set to be sentenced on December 19 at 1:30 p.m. His conviction carries a mandatory life sentence in prison for his role in the deaths of Thomas S. Poudzunas and John T. Buecker.


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