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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Michael Jones Sentenced to 80 Years for 1985 Murder of Kristina Wesselman

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba announced today Michael Jones, 64, (d.o.b. 3/5/1953) formerly of Champaign, has been sentenced to eighty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the 1985 murder of fifteen-year-old Kristina Wesselman. On January 18, 2018, Jones entered a plea of guilty to one count of First Degree Murder in front of George Bakalis. In exchange for his plea, the State agreed to the eighty-year sentence imposed today.
  “Since 1985, this case has been a black cloud over the people of DuPage County,” Berlin said. “Today, that cloud has finally been lifted by the forces of justice. Tonight, the Wesselman family, the community of Glen Ellyn, and all the people of DuPage County can sleep easier, because today, after 32 years of heartache, disappointment, angst and fear, there is finally justice. There are many people who I would like to thank, but I want to start first with Kristy’s mother, Sandy Wesselman, Kristy’s father Bob, Kristy’s brothers, Bill and Greg, and Kristy’s sister Susan. For more than three decades, they have suffered not just the loss of Kristy, but from the knowledge that her killer was still on the loose. I would also like to thank Sheriff John Zaruba and all the men and women of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, who diligently worked this case for more than 32 years.”