Press Release

October 21, 2010


Joliet man sentenced to 35 years for murdering 23-year-old neighbor


Hugo Sanchez
Hugo Sanchez
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today (October 21, 2010) that a Joliet man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murder of his neighbor, 23-year-old Regina Delosantos.


Hugo Sanchez, 25, of 503 Krakar Ave, broke into Regina Delosantos’ home on Sept. 9, 2006 and brutally strangled and stabbed her to death while her husband was at work. Sanchez was sentenced by Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak.


Bruises found on the victim’s body and scratches on the defendant’s arms show that Delosantos fought for her life before she was strangled with her own shirt and stabbed five times in the face and neck with a knife from her own kitchen.


DNA evidence retrieved from under Delosantos’ fingernails conclusively linked Sanchez to the murder scene. Sanchez, who lived across the street from the victim, also had scratches on his arms from struggling with Delosantos.


Additional DNA evidence retrieved from the crime scene shows that a second individual was present during the murder. The second individual has not yet been identified. The attackers also stole her wallet that contained $100.


Assistant State’s Attorneys Michael Fitzgerald and Nicole Moore prosecuted the case.

Charles B. Pelkie 
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