Hazel Crest man gets 35 years for beating death
February 7, 2014 11:42AM
Brandon Lee Allen Hinton / Photo from Evanston police
Updated: February 9, 2014 2:15AM
A Hazel Crest man who attacked an older man — and then left him bleeding and unconscious in the street after taking $10 from his pocket — has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for murder, police said.
Brandon Lee Allen Hinton, 28, was convicted of first-degree murder in September and was sentenced Thursday by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Garritt Howard, according to a statement from Evanston police.
John Costulas, 61, was walking to work in the 500 block of Howard Street in Evanston at about 5:20 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2011, when Hinton attacked, striking him in the head and causing him to collapse, police said at the time.
Hinton took $10 from Costulas’ pocket, then walked away, leaving the man unconscious in the street.
Costulas, of the 7200 block of North Hoyne Avenue in Chicago, was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he died on Sept. 10, 2011.
An autopsy found Costulas died of blunt head trauma from an assault and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
An anonymous tip led Evanston police and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force to Hinton, who was arrested about two weeks after the attack.
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