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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, May 24, 2019

Former Des Plaines Man Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Former Girlfriend to Death

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Des Plaines man charged with stabbing his former girlfriend to death in 2017 has entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of First Degree Murder. Victor Tornez-Sanchez, 29 (d.o.b. 4/17/1990), formerly of Des Plaines, appeared in Court this morning where he entered his plea in front of Judge John Kinsella. 

On June 18, 2017, at approximately 9:26 p.m., the Bensenville Police Department received a call regarding a stabbing victim at 713 Parkside Lane. Upon their arrival, officers found Olivia Renteria-Bravo, 32, unresponsive and lying in a pool of blood, approximately ten feet away from the building. Renteria-Bravo appeared to have been stabbed at least three times, once in her chest, once in her right side and once in her right bicep. Renteria-Bravo was immediately transported to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital where she passed away as a result of her injuries. An investigation into the murder led authorities to her former boyfriend, Victor Tornez-Sanchez as the murderer. The investigation found that on June 18, 2017, Tornez-Sanchez waited in a vehicle outside Renteria-Bravo’s home for her to return from a date with her new boyfriend. After Renteria-Bravo was dropped off in front of her building, Tornez-Sanchez ran towards her, stabbed her three times, ran back to his vehicle and fled the scene. Tornez-Sanchez was taken into custody the following day in Elgin. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail on bond of $2.5 million with 10% to apply.

“This morning, Victor Tornez-Sanchez took responsibility for the murder of his former girlfriend, Olivia Renteria-Bravo,” Berlin said. “His admission of guilt however, will not bring Olivia back to those who loved her. Hopefully, with Mr. Tornez-Sanchez’s guilty plea, Olivia’s family and friends will find themselves one step closer to closure in this horrible chapter of their lives. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Nicole Wilkes-English and Tom Minser for their efforts in holding Mr. Tornez-Sanchez responsible for the murder of Olivia Renteria-Bravo.”

Tornez-Sanchez’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 1, 2019, for return of the Pre-sentence Report. In exchange for Tornez-Sanchez’s guilty plea, the State has agreed to cap its sentencing recommendation at sixty years.