JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that the Mokena teenager who stabbed his 4-year-old sister to death in 2009 has pleaded guilty to first degree murder.
Keith T. Randulich, 19, entered a blind plea of guilty to first-degree murder for the killing of Sabrina Clement at their Mokena home. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office will argue that the crime was brutal and heinous when prosecutors ask the judge to hand down a life sentence. Randulich is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 25, 2011 by Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak.
“This was a crime of unspeakable cruelty and horror,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “One cannot begin to fathom what would prompt a young man to commit such an atrocity against his little sister.”
Randulich murdered his sister on May 22, 2009. The girl suffered what was described in court today by Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Fitzgerald as “numerous and massive stab wounds to her neck.”
The defendant told Mokena police he murdered his sister to protect her from someone he believed was abusing her, according to statements presented in court today. He took the girl to the basement of his home and stabbed her to death with a steak knife while she was lying on the floor. His parents were not home at the time.
Fitzgerald is State’s Attorney Glasgow’s Felony Division Chief. Assistant State’s Attorney Frank Byers also assisted in the prosecution of this case.