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An Alsip man was sentenced to 80 years in state prison today for the 2006 shooting death of an FBI informant, officials said.

Jerry Henderson, 41, was convicted of the slaying in January and faced up to a life sentence in prison, according a Cook County state's attorney press release. He was sentenced today to 80 years by Cook County Judge Michele Simmons.

Henderson was convicted of first degree murder for fatally wounding Timothy Forrest, 41, who was working as an informant for the FBI at the time of his death, the release said.

Prosecutors said Forrest had agreed to buy firearms and granades from Henderson as part of an undercover operation. Forrest, who was wearing a wire tap, met up with Henderson in Dolton and was carrying $15,000, prosecutors.

Agents monitored Henderson as he entered Forrest's vehicle and had a conversation with him. He then exited the vehicle and took off in a rented car, prosecutors said.

FBI agents later discovered that Forrest had been shot twice in the head and that the $15,000 was missing. The next day Henderson was found at a South Side apartment where a 9 mm Ruger handgun was found that matched the ballistics of the weapon used to kill Forrest, prosecutors said.

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