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Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney
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Chicago, IL 60602
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December 20, 2013

Cook County Prosecutors Secure 60 Year Prison
Sentence For 2009 Murder

A Chicago man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the grisly murder of his wife who he stabbed dozens of times with a butcher knife when she returned home from celebrating her birthday, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Willie Wilson, 42, was previously convicted of First Degree Murder for the murder of Tammy McClellan, who was stabbed more than 60 times with a butcher knife in her South Side home in 2009.  The couple’s 15-year-old son was in the apartment at the time of the murder.

According to prosecutors, the defendant and the victim were married when the crime occurred, but McClellan was in the process of moving out of the couple’s apartment with her son.  On May 17, 2009, the victim left her home to celebrate her 30th birthday with her cousin, returning later that evening. 

Shortly after she returned to the apartment, Wilson and McClellan began to argue.  As the argument escalated, the victim called the police and reported that Wilson would not leave the apartment and that he had grabbed a knife from the kitchen. 

Immediately after the victim finished the phone call with 911, prosecutors said the victim's son heard a loud boom and heard his mother scream for help.  The son got out of bed and ran next door to his grandmother's house.  When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim's lifeless body in the apartment with more than 60 stab wounds. 

Cook County Judge Timothy Joyce sentenced Wilson to the 60 year prison term during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Mary Anna Planey and Ruth Gudino for their hard work on the case as well as the Chicago Police Department for their assistance.


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