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Cannabis and home invasion charges following deadly home invasion

Posted by wlpo on February 20, 2012

A home invasion and shooting death in La Salle County has left two men facing felony charges.  Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in rural Earlville at approximately 3am Sunday after police say 24 year old Marcus Samarripa of Turlock, California and an unidentified man forcibly entered 47 year old Joel Contreras’s home.

Police say the unidentified man and Contreras were armed when Contreras shot the unidentified man twice.  That man would later be pronounced dead at Mendota Community Hospital.

Sheriff’s deputies say Samarripa left the house and was arrested shortly after during a traffic stop in Ottawa.  Samarripa was arrested for home invasion while Contreras was arrested for production of cannabis plants.  Both were taken to the La Salle County Jail.

An autopsy was being performed Monday on the body of the unidentified man.  His name is being withheld pending a positive identification and notification of family.

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