Man gets 47 years for murder and sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

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Adam Belmont | DuPage County sheriff’s office photo

A west suburban man was sentenced to 47 years in prison Tuesday to fatally stabbing and then sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in Woodridge in 2012.

Adam Belmont, 26, of Northlake pleaded guilty on May 4 to first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual assault, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

About 9 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2012, Belmont went to ex-girlfriend Alyssa Van Meter’s apartment on Forest Drive in Woodridge, climbed up a balcony and through a window, prosecutors said.

Once he was inside, the two got into a fight and Belmont choked Van Meter until she was unconscious, then stabbed her once in the chest, piercing her heart, prosecutors said. He then sexually assaulted her before running away.

Belmont was arrested later that night without incident.

“This was a horrific crime that will continue to weigh heavily on the shoulders of Alyssa’s family and friends for years to come,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement.

“It is my sincerest hope that Alyssa’s loved ones will be able to move forward in their lives with happy memories of Alyssa,” Berlin said.

Judge Liam Brennan sentenced Belmont to 35 years in prison for the murder and 12 years for the sexual assault, according to the statement. The sentences will be served consecutively.

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