Timothy Easley / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:42PM
A former Bloom High School student was sentenced Wednesday to 75 years in prison for sexually assaulting and strangling a classmate and disposing of her body in a creek in April 2008.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Luciano Panici sentenced Timothy Easley, 22, whom a jury last month convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual assault in the death of Brashai Griffin, a 15-year-old honor student.
The girl told other students the day she disappeared that she planned to meet Easley later that night, according to prosecutors.
They said evidence showed that Griffin left her Sauk Village home about 6:30 p.m. and had not returned by the time her mother got home from work at 10:30 p.m.
Her mom called police, and search teams spent 48 hours looking for the teen before finding her body submerged in a creek in a wooded area near 223rd Street and Torrence Avenue in Sauk Village, prosecutors said. They said an autopsy determined that Griffin had been strangled and sexually assaulted.
Friends and family said Griffin, nicknamed “Shay-Shay,” aspired to be a fashion designer and was active in her church, South Suburban Church of God in Homewood.