Champaign man convicted in 1985 murder of suburban girl gets 80 years

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Michael R. Jones arrives for his sentencing at the DuPage County court, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Jones pleaded guilty on Jan. 18, 2018, to the 1985 murder of Kristy Wesselman. | Antonio Perez/Pool/Chicago Tribune

After 30 years on the run in the wake of raping and murdering 15-year-old Kristy Wesselman, Michael Jones will take his last breaths in an Illinois prison.

DuPage County Judge George Bakalis on Tuesday sentenced Jones, 64, to 80 years in prison, just days after the Champaign man pleaded guilty to murdering the Glen Ellyn-area girl in 1985, the Daily Herald reports.

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