Man Sentenced For Murder Of Pregnant Neighbor

JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) – A southwest suburban man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Thursday for the brutal strangling and stabbing of a pregnant neighbor in 2006.

Hugo Sanchez, 25, of Krakar Ave. in Joliet, was found guilty by a jury in January 2009 of the murder of 23-year-old Regina Delosantos. Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak sentenced him Thursday to 35 years in prison, according to the Will County State’s Attorney’s office.

On Sept. 9, 2006, Sanchez broke into the home across the street, where he brutally murdered Delosantos while her husband was at work, the release said.

Bruises found on her body and scratches on the defendant’s arms showed the victim, who was six months pregnant, fought for her life before being strangled with her own shirt and stabbed five times in the face and neck with a knife from her own kitchen.

DNA evidence from under Delosantos’ fingernails conclusively linked Sanchez to the murder scene. He also had scratches on his arms from the struggle, the release said.

Additional DNA evidence showed that a second individual was present during the murder, but that person has not yet been identified, the release said. The attackers stole Delosantos’ wallet, which contained $100.

  • Kathleen

    I can’t believe all he got was 35 years for such a vicious crime.
    This is exactly what’s wrong with our society today! A slap on the wrist for taking not only the woman’s life, but the life of an unborn child!

  • Vicky

    Sorry, I think that he should not even be walking. No wonder Illinois is broke.

    • art

      couldnt agree with you more this scumbag should be snuffed immediatly 35 yrs …..if it were my family member this guy would not be dead enough shame on our failed court systems judges and states attourneys for allowing guys like this to live behind bars at the cost of us productive hard working members of society

  • rusty

    Quinn needs to remove the moratorium on the death penalty. This man does not deserve to live.

  • Allan

    The problem is 35 Years means 17 or 18 years , need I say more ?

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