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Maywood man gets 3 life terms for 2009 killing of aunt in La Grange Park

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 4:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 12:38 a.m. CDT

LA GRANGE PARK – A Maywood man was sentenced to three life terms in prison on Wednesday for the 2009 murder of his 81-year-old aunt in her La Grange Park home.

David Brown, 51, was sentenced by Cook County Fourth District Court Judge Noreen Love. Brown was convicted Nov. 15 last year of 13 charges, including six counts of first-degree murder.

Brown was also sentenced for possesion of a stolen vehicle, which belonged to the victim, Gertrude Franklin.

According to police reports, Brown assaulted Franklin inside her home in the 1000 block of Barnsdale Road on Oct. 29, 2009. Franklin died Nov. 12 that year as a result of injuries she sustained from the beating by Brown. Brown, who was on parole at the time of the murder, has been in custody since his arrest.

Brown was initially stopped by an officer for eratic driving in the vicinity of his aunt's home and officers checked on Franklin after they verified the vehicle driven by Martin belonged to her.

La Grange Park Police Chief Dan McCollum said the sentencing provided closure to an extraordinary crime in his community.

"La Grange Park has had two murders in the last 25 years," McCollum said. "We don't have a lot of these things happen. We're satisfied an extremely dangerous individual is not going to be able to see the light of day again outside of the penitentiary."

McCollum praised the efforts of his investigators in arresting Brown and the State's Attorney's Office for putting a strong case together resulting in Brown's conviction.

He also praised the Illinois State Police for collecting and processing evidence.

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