Bring Back the Death Penalty
- Michael Jones, 62, is held without bond in the 1985 sexual assault and murder of a 15-year-old girl in Glen Ellyn. Prosecutors said DNA tests from earlier convictions led to his arrest 30 years after the crime.
Kristina Wesselman was sexually assaulted and murdered on her way home from a grocery store on July 21, 1985. Her body was found in a field the next morning.
"She had been sexually assaulted and had been stabbed eight times," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said.
Thirty years ago, this horrific crime occurred. But investigators did a thorough job and preserved evidence that might one day lead to the killer.
- A rape kit was performed during her autopsy and semen found in her body led to the DNA profile of her attacker. That DNA was entered into a national database in 2000, Berlin said. On September 10, 2015, investigators were informed there was a hit with an offender in the database, he said.
That hit: Jones, who was charged with aggravated domestic battery, a felony, in July 2015 in Champaign, Ill. After 2002, the law required those convicted of a felony in Illinois to provide a DNA sample.
"That law resulted in the evidence that led to the charges in this case," Berlin said at a news conference. "Although it's taken 30 years, we are now on our way to getting the full measure of justice that this case demands."
Very well done. Hopefully, a vigorous and prompt prosecution results in this animal dying behind bars.
- Jones, a repeat offender, was out on parole on a 1977 sexual assault case in Cook County when he raped and murdered Wesselman, Berlin said. In the 1977 case, Jones crashed his car into a woman riding a bicycle and took her to his parents' house where he raped her repeatedly. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 to 20 years, but spent only 7 years in prison.
He was paroled in 1983. Two years later, Wesselman was murdered.
If he had served even half his sentence back in the day, he doesn't cross paths with the victim. Parole doesn't work on sex offenders. Sorry. We've seen way to much recidivism over the years to give it any credence whatsoever. And to all the bleeding hearts who are at the forefront for regulating everything else in people's lives with your "If it saves just one life...." bullshit, what if keeping these animals behind bars for 100% of their sentence saves one rape victim? One molested child? One murdered victim?