A 23-year-old Glen Ellyn-area man who last year pleaded guilty to murder in the 2017 slaying of a 49-year-old Glendale Heights man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, DuPage County prosecutors announced Monday.
James Aydelotte was sentenced Monday by Judge Alex McGimpsey. Aydelotte pleaded guilty in October. The state had agreed to cap its sentence recommendation to 45 years.
According to prosecutors, sheriff’s police on Jan. 12. 2017, responded to a call to the 200 block of Mildred Lane in an unincorporated area of the county near Glen Ellyn. They found the Glendale Heights man, John Murray, injured and unresponsive.
Prosecutors said Murray was visiting with Aydelotte when the two men began to argue. Prosecutors had said that Murray had made comments about Aydelotte’s girlfriend. At some point, Aydelotte struck Murray in the face, stomped on his head, leaving a shoe imprint, and cut his leg with a knife, prosecutors said. Aydelotte claimed Murray’s injuries were the result of a fall down some stairs.
Murray later died the next day at a local hospital. An autopsy determined that he died of multiple blunt-force trauma. Aydelotte was arrested and charged, and has been in the county jail since then on $4 bail.
“While the sentence handed down today will not bring John back to those who loved him, perhaps it will help them in some way as they continue their lives knowing that the man responsible for his murder will spend the next three decades of his life behind bars,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.
Aydelotte will be required to serve 100% of his sentence.