Jury finds suburban Chicago man guilty of woman's murder

Updated 1/24/2020 9:54 PM

CHICAGO -- A suburban Chicago man on Friday was found guilty in the death of woman during a 2017 burglary of her Hinsdale home.

A DuPage County jury found 32-year-old Dominic Sanders, 32, of University Park guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Andrea Urban, who was beaten and her throat slashed. Prosecutors said Urban, 51, was left to die as Sanders went into her bedroom and stole two rings from a jewelry box. Cameras at a Melrose Park pawn shop recorded Sanders selling the rings for $440.


In addition to murder, Sanders was found guilty of home invasion and residential burglary. Defense lawyers asserted there was no evidence linking Sanders to the murder of the mother of two. However, Sanders did confess to stealing rings from Urban's home on the day she was killed.

Sanders was arrested three weeks after Urban's death after investigators pieced together security camera footage from around her home. Video showed a man in a utility vest walking near Urban's home. Investigators linked the man to an auto seen parked in downtown Hinsdale. The car's license linked it to Sanders.

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