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80-year sentence handed to Illinois man for girl’s 1985 death

WHEATON — An 80-year prison sentence has been handed an Illinois man who pleaded guilty in the 1985 death of a teenage girl who left her suburban Chicago home to go to the store and never returned.

Michael Jones of Champaign pleaded guilty earlier this month in the death of 15-year-old Kristina Wesselman. DuPage County Circuit Judge George Bakalis on Tuesday sentenced the 64-year-old Jones, who did not speak during the hearing.

Wesselman’s body was found more than 30 years ago in a field between her Glen Ellyn home and the store. She had been sexually assaulted and stabbed multiple times.

Jones was charged in 2015 after being linked to the case through a DNA sample provided after he pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic battery in Champaign County.

–Associated Press

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