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Evanston Man Charged in 1988 Sexual Assault That Killed 81-Year-Old Woman

Chicago police detectives charged Prentice Phillips, 48, of Evanston, in a cold case that took place on Chicago's north side.

Chicago police detectives announced Thursday that they had arrested and charged an Evanston man in connection with the sexual assault of an 81-year-old woman that led to her death in July 1988.

Prentice Phillips, 48, of Evanston, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to a press release from the Chicago Police Department. He was already in prison for a charge of assaulting a pregnant or handicapped person, according to the Cook County Sheriff's website.

Police say Phillips forced his way into an apartment in the 7200 block of North Sheridan Road around 3 a.m. on July 11, 1988, then sexually assaulted an 81-year-old woman. She later died from the injuries she sustained, according to police.

Police recovered DNA evidence at the scene in 1988, and were able to process it this year using funds from a cold case grant, police said. 
Jordan S. Zoot December 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Another upstanding citizen and poster child for the death penalty.....
Tantor December 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Good work by the Chicago police detectives who did not let this very old case (25 years ago) grow cold. This youth was 23 years old when he committed the crime. Maybe there is hope that in 25 years we will know who murdered the two unarmed hard working Pakistani immigrants in their little shop in Evanston. Too bad this youth did not face what another youth from another 80-year old who unlike this woman did have a firearm for home defense: "*When an alleged intruder broke a window and began entering the home of 80-year-old Stephen Boyechko, he knew what to do—he hastily retrieved his .32-cal. Walther PPK pistol. "Why did you break my window?" Boyechko asked. Instead of answering the question, the intruder climbed inside and ran at the homeowner, who shot him twice and held him for police. The intruder is a suspect in a number of burglaries. Apparently in his latest heist he did not know with whom he was dealing. Boyechko is a veteran of World War II, but he did not fight for the United States. "I was in the Ukrainian underground," he said. "I was 14. We fought the Germans and the Russians." (The Leader, Corning, NY, 08/22/10)

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