Gregory Sandifer / photo from Cook COunty Sheriff's office
Updated: July 19, 2014 6:27AM
A Homewood man was convicted Tuesday of fatally stabbing his 3-year-old son and sexually assaulting the child’s mother during a violent attack in Chicago’s Austin community in September 2011.
Gregory D. Sandifer, 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated unlawful restraint after a bench trial before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Clayton Crane, according to the state’s attorney’s office. It said he faces up to life in prison when sentenced in July.
Prosecutors said evidence showed that Sandifer and his girlfriend were arguing at her apartment in the 5000 block of West Division Street, and when the woman said she wanted to leave, Sandifer grabbed a kitchen knife and forced her into a bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her.
After the assault, Sandifer stabbed the woman four times during a struggle, but she was able to wrestle the knife away from him and throw it out the second-floor window, prosecutors said.
They said Sandifer then pushed her out the window, and the woman was able to flag down a passing Chicago police officer. However, before police arrived, Sandifer found a second knife and stabbed his son, Jaivon Sandifer, multiple times, evidence showed.
Sandifer tried to get away, but officers found him hiding in a nearby garage.
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