Springfield man pleads guilty in home invasion, killing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a woman last year during a home invasion and setting fire to her home in an attempt to conceal evidence. Thirty-three-year-old Ronald D. Porter pleaded guilty Wednesday to 13 counts, including first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual assault in Abby Neisler’s January 2020 slaying. The State Journal-Register reports Porter entered Neisler’s home while she was away and when she returned he restrained her, sexually assaulted her and repeatedly stabbed her. He then set Neisler’s bedroom on fire to conceal the evidence, and also was responsible for the death of her dog. He will be sentenced Sept. 29.

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