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.