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Man Sentenced to 35 Years for '$10 Murder' of 61-Year-Old

Brandon Lee Allen Hinton, of Hazel Crest, gets 35 years for murder of John Costulas who died of his injuries in September 2011 robbery.

Brandon Lee Allen Hinton will serve 35 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the murder of John Costulas. Credit: Evanston Police Department
Brandon Lee Allen Hinton will serve 35 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the murder of John Costulas. Credit: Evanston Police Department


A Cook County Judge sentenced a Hazel Crest man to 35 years for the murder of 61-year-old John Costulas who was severely beaten and robbed on Howard Street in September 2011.

Costulas, who wore a hearing aid and used a cane, was walking to work in the early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2011, when he was jumped and robbed by Brandon Lee Allen Hinton.

Hinton, 28, and a friend had been drinking all night and were waiting for stores to open on Howard Street so they could continue their liquor binge, court testimony said.

After Costulas fell to the ground unconscious near the Marathon gas station in the 500 block of West Howard, Hinton rifled through the older man’s wallet and took $10. His friend watched for witnesses.

The two men left Costulas bleeding and unconcious on the sidewalk while they went to the friend’s apartment in Rogers Park.

Hinton returned to the scene of the crime 20 minutes later but did not see Costulas. The older man died of his injuries after lapsing into a coma eight days later.

During police interrogation, police said Hinton burst into tears when informed of the older man’s death, stating, "I didn’t want him to die, man.”

His friend, who turned himself into police, was not charged.

A jury convicted Hinton of first-degree murder last September. Hinton will serve his sentence in an Illinois Department of Corrections facility.


Dan February 08, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Person!!!
Festus McMoron February 08, 2014 at 06:21 PM
...for your info, the 61-year old was living in an anxiter center building for senior with disabilities. so really what brandon l. a. hinton did was beat to death an invalid. this should have been a clear cut-and-dry case of the death penalty. no if-ands-or-buts. he should have been put to death the same day as his sentencing. now it will cost taxpayers over $1,000,000 to keep him fed in a nice warm cell. i'd gladly be his executioner.
Frank Leeza February 08, 2014 at 07:52 PM
My god, I understand the anger, but the violence in these responses is scary. Why don't we go back to drawing and quartering while we're at it. We don't live in the dark ages and we're not supposed to act like the criminals we put away. We're better than that, right? Sheesh.
Jordan S. Zoot February 08, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Frank....drawing and quartering would be a GREAT idea but I would settle for the electric chair....its more humane muahahahahaaha
Dan February 09, 2014 at 05:16 AM
If I could just get between Frank and Zoot appearing like a Butterfly McQueen look alike attempting to ease the tensions I would be one happy camper. Look, severe libidinal character pathological disorders are likely what motivates thugs to act, these elements have destroyed my family and are destroying our nation. I say medicate!

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