It took only seconds for daycare worker Melissa Calusinski to hurl 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan to the ground so violently he suffered fatal head injuries.
But her brief action caused lasting, irrevocable harm, a Lake County judge said Thursday as he sentenced Calusinski to 31 years in prison for the 2009 killing at a Lincolnshire day care center.
“In two to three seconds, people can lose everything. In two to three seconds, a person can lose his life,” Judge Daniel Shanes said before imposing a prison term that will keep the 25-year-old Calusinski behind bars until she is in her 50s.
I am not sticking up for what this young lady did... she made her bed and now she must sleep in it for 31 years but I do find it ironic that this news story was also in the newspaper today - 4 years for MURDER... pays to be an illegal beaner I guess!:
Illegal Beaner Jose L. Renteria gets 4 years for stabbing a man to death
An Aurora man who stabbed another man to death during an argument was sentenced Thursday to 4 years in prison.
Jose L. Renteria, 46, of the 400 block of Claim Street, had pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder for the death of Bradley Vahl, 31, also of Aurora.
According to authorities, Renteria and Vahl were among a group of men at a residence in the 1100 block of Grand Boulevard in the early morning hours of March 7, 2009.
The pair got into a verbal argument that became physical around 3:30 a.m. when Vahl, who was unarmed, lunged at Renteria, who stabbed him in the back with a knife, according to Kane County prosecutors.
Vahl reportedly left the home and got into his vehicle before passing out. He was found a short time later by Aurora police and taken to an area hospital. He was pronounced dead later that morning.
Prosecutors said they were unable to determine what started the argument between the men. Renteria, they said, did not have a prior felony history.