Man sentenced for 2021 strangulation

Tahir Goodman
Tahir Goodman(Peoria County Jail)
Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 4:05 PM CST
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PEORIA (25News Now) - A Peoria man will serve more than 50 years in prison after being convicted in the December 2021 strangulation of his girlfriend.

30-year-old Tahir Goodman was sentenced to 53 years in prison Thursday for first degree murder.

He was also sentenced to six years for aggravated arson, a sentence that will run consecutively.

It took a jury 90 minutes in September to find Goodman guilty in September of the strangulation of J’Naysia Hobbs, and then setting her home on fire.

Autopsy on Hobbs showed she died from manual strangulation, and there was no soot in her airways or lungs.

According to a release from the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office, Goodman and Hobbs had been dating for about six weeks.

On the day of the killing, he said he was angry and felt “disrespected,” so he choked her to death.