Chicago man gets 105 years for ‘execution’ of 14-year-old girl

CROWN POINT, Indiana (AP) — A Chicago man has been sentenced to 105 years in prison for shooting dead a 14-year-old girl who was found with her hands tied behind her back in a garbage-filled Gary Alley.

Deonlashawn Simmons, 36, was convicted by a Lake County judge Thursday of the September 2019 murder of Takaylah Tribitt. The Chicago girl’s body was found face down, her hands tied with cords behind her back.

A jury convicted Simmons of murder in March, and he subsequently admitted to improving firearms and habitual offenders. He has protested his innocence and announced on Thursday that he would appeal.

Tribbit, who was a runaway, was found in Gary, not far from Simmons’ family, according to court documents. Her body was found five days after she and Simmons met at a birthday party in Chicago.

Takaylah Tribitt

Assistant District Attorney Doug Shaw, who called Tribbit’s death an “execution,” called for the maximum sentence of 105 years, saying, “That’s all the law allows us.” He said the circumstances surrounding Tribitt’s death were among the most gruesome ever he’s ever seen.

Tribitt is a “defenseless child,” Shaw said.

Simmons’ attorney, Michael A. Campbell, had sought a 56-year sentence with five years suspended in favor of probation. Chicago man gets 105 years for ‘execution’ of 14-year-old girl

John Verrall

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