- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

MONMOUTH, Ill. (AP) - A one-mile stretch of a western Illinois highway has been dedicated in honor of a sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty.

George Darnell was shot and killed after responding to a call of suspicious activity in December 1981. The 61-year-old was a World War II veteran.

In dedicating a section of U.S. Route 67 near Monmouth, Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards said Thursday he hopes the action ends a message to Darnell’s family.

Edwards said although the emotions of the Darnell family and people who worked with him have risen, he hopes they are being “overshadowed by pride.”

David Eric Wolfbrandt is serving a 70-year prison sentence for murder, armed robbery and theft. The 60-year-old is eligible for parole in 2017, or can be released in 2020.

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Information from: WGIL-AM.

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