An Illinois man, namely Armando Trejo Jr., 50, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, May 20, for beating his wife and 14-year-old stepson with a baseball bat in Beach Park in 2015.
In March, a Lake County jury convicted him of first-degree murder counts for killing Lailani Uy Trejo, 43, and Patrick Uy, in a mandatory sentence of natural life in prison.
The jury found the crimes were cruel and heinous and thus they added potential additional years onto the sentence.
The required sentencing hearing was held by Lake County Circuit Judge James Booras on Monday, May 20. However, the sentence was mandated by law and James had no discretion in the matter.
The judge added that even if the matter were discretionary, the evidence and the jury’s decision would still result in a "severe sentence."
After the sentencing hearing, defense attorney Michael Ettinger said that they will appeal the conviction "to the Supreme Court of Illinois" if necessary.
Referring to the victims, the Assistant State’s Attorney and the lead prosecutor in the case, Eric Kalata, said in the hearing that "no one should have to go through that kind of pain."
He said after the hearing,
Hopefully the family has found some solace knowing Mr. Trejo has been sentenced for the murder of their loved ones.
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