A woman tried to run away from her boyfriend during an argument when he chased her and then stabbed her to death
Now, he will never hurt another woman again.
Earlier this month, Launden Luckett, 34, was sentenced to two life sentences in an Illinois prison for the 2015 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Cecily Dickey, according to the DuPage County State Attorney’s Office.
It took a jury two hours of deliberations after a five-day trial to convict Luckett of first-degree murder, according to prosecutors.
On Oct. 19, 2015, Woodridge police found Dickey’s body in her apartment while conducting a well-being check, according to prosecutors. She had been repeatedly stabbed and choked.
Investigators determined that on Oct. 16, Dickey drove to Chicago and picked up Luckett. The two then came back to her apartment, prosecutors said. They then got into an argument that turned into a fight.
Dickey ran to the bathroom to try and get away, but Luckett chased and stabbed her in the stomach, prosecutors noted. Dickey then ran out of the bathroom when Luckett grabbed her. He knocked Dickey to the floor, stabbed her and choked her.
Luckett then stole Dickey’s cell phone, debit card and fled the area.
On Dec. 15, 2015, Luckett was charged with Dickey’s murder. He was charged while he was being held in jail on unrelated charges. He has been held in jail since his arrest. He also was sentenced to 25 years on an armed robbery charge.
“This morning Launden Luckett learned that for the brutal, vicious murder of Cecily Dickey, he will be removed from society for the rest of his natural life, the only appropriate sentence,” State Attorney Robert Berlin said. “Violent crime in its rawest form, as displayed by Mr. Luckett in this case, has an obvious effect on the victim and surviving family members. Additionally, these crimes affect the entire community representing not just a loss of a friend or a neighbor, but also a loss of safety and security. I wish Cecily’s family and friends continued strength and fond memories of Cecily as they close the book on this horrible chapter of their lives.”