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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nicole Abusharif Sentenced to Fifty Years for Murder of Rebecca Klein

WHEATON – DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett announced today that twenty-eight year-old Nicole Abusharif (d.o.b. 9/14/1980) formerly of Villa Park, was sentenced to fifty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the 2007 murder of her former roommate thirty-two year-old Rebecca Klein. On May 5, 2009, a jury found Abusharif guilty of First Degree Murder after a two-week long trial and approximately thirteen hours of deliberations. Judge John Kinsella, who presided over the trial handed down today’s sentence.

On March 17, 2007, Villa Park Police officers discovered Rebecca’s body inside the trunk of a 1966 Ford Mustang the couple owned. She had been bound, gagged, blindfolded and suffocated with a plastic bag. The police were at the residence in response to a missing person’s report filed by Abusharif the day before. Abusharif filed the missing person’s report after Rebecca’s employer phoned the couple’s home when Rebecca failed to show up for work that morning.

“For the murder of Rebecca Klein, Nicole Abusharif will spend the next fifty years behind bars,” remarked Birkett. “I would like to thank all those involved in seeking justice in the memory of Rebecca Klein, particularly Assistant State’s Attorneys Joe Ruggiero and Tim Diamond, the Villa Park Police Department, the Major Crimes Task Force, the U.S. Marshall’s Office and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. At only thirty-two years-old, Rebecca Klein was taken from her loved ones at far too young an age. Our prayers continue to go out to her family. While Rebecca is gone from their lives, perhaps today’s sentencing and the knowledge that Nicole Abusharif will likely never again see a single day of freedom, will bring some measure of closure to this horrible chapter in their lives.”

Abusharif will be required to serve 100% of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.