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Arrest made in beating death at Manteno veterans home

Authorities in Kankakee County confirm an arrest has been made in connection with a reported beating death of a resident at the Manteno Veterans' Home.

65-year-old Manteno veteran home resident Kenneth Laura was arrested by Illinois State Police. Preliminary charges are Involuntary Manslaughter and Aggravated Battery.

The charges are for the death of 68-year-old Charles Berry of Chicago. Berry was also a resident at the veterans home.

A press release from the Illinois Department of Veterans Office states a weekend altercation was "an isolated incident between two residents."

Charles Berry was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center shortly after 5 a.m. Monday after suffering head injuries at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno on Saturday.

Laura also was hospitalized.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said said police are still investigating. The Kankakee County State's Attorney's office is also reviewing the case.

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