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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Myron Ester Sentenced to Natural Life Plus Five Years for First Degree Murder

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today Judge Brian Telander has sentenced Myron D. Ester, 50 (d.o.b. 9/29/1968) to natural life behind bars without the possibility of parole plus an additional five years for the 2013 murder of Wheaton resident thirty-nine-year-old Linda Valez. Telander’s sentence follows a seven-day-long trial in January after which a jury found Ester guilty of First Degree Murder. The jury also found that the murder was committed in an exceptionally brutal or heinous manner. Additionally, Ester was found guilty of Concealment of a Homicidal Death.
On September 25, 2013, Glen Ellyn police officers responded to a missing person in the Glen Ellyn area. Through the course of their missing person investigation, officers went to Panfish Park where Valez was known to frequent. Three days later, while at Panfish Park, officers discovered a disturbed area of vegetation and drops of blood nearby. Further examination of the area revealed a shallow grave in which officers discovered Valez. She had been stabbed thirty-nine times. An investigation led by the Glen Ellyn Police Department and the Major Crimes Task Force revealed that at some time in the evening of September 24, Valez and Ester had gone to Panfish Park together. While at the park, a verbal altercation between the two turned violent resulting in Ester stabbing Valez numerous times about the head, neck and torso. On Sunday, September 29, Ester was taken into custody without incident. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail without bond since that time. 
  “In the fall of 2013, Myron Ester viciously stabbed his former girlfriend, Linda Valez to death,” Berlin said. “With each of the thirty-nine plunges of the knife, Mr. Ester’s pre-meditated murder not only took Linda from those who loved her, but he also cut the very fabric of society. Judge Telander’s sentence today ensures that Mr. Ester will be forever removed from society, locked behind closed doors where he will spend the remainder of his days behind bars where his memories of freedom will fade with each passing day. I would like to thank the Glen Ellyn Police Department and the Major Crimes Task Force for their efforts in quickly getting this dangerous murderer off the streets. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Lindt and Mandy Meindl for their work the past several years in holding Mr. Ester responsible for the murder of Linda Valez.”
  Judge Telander sentenced Ester to natural life in prison on the First Degree Murder Charge and added an additional five years for Concealment of a Homicidal Death.