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November 7, 2013

Memorial in Hyde Park will serve as permanent reminder of 5-year-old murder victim Isabella Tennant

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Niagara Gazette — Over a year later, prosecutors and police have closed the case with arrests and convictions.

It didn’t take investigators long to identify and charge a suspect. Less than 24 hours after Tennant was reported missing from her great-grandmother’s home, detectives arrested a then 16-year-old family friend in connection with the murder.

John Freeman Jr., now 18, was ultimately indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. His close friend, Tyler Best, now 19, was charged, as a co-defendant, with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution for helping Freeman dispose of Tennant’s body.

Both pleaded guilty to those crimes.

Freeman was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison. Best received a prison term of 16 months to four years and is already eligible for parole.

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