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Man murders woman who had a restraining order against him. Now, he'll spend decades in an Illinois prison.

Source: Sunset Funeral Home; Winnebago County Sheriff

Jun. 6 2021, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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A Rockford, Illinois, man will spend decades behind bars for the murder of a woman who had a restraining order against him.

Abdon Ochoa-Villaneda was sentenced last month to 70 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a first-degree and an attempted first-degree charge.

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On Feb. 19, 2019, Jennifer Lindsey, 42, was expected to appear at a Winnebago County courthouse to extend the protection order she had against Ochoa Villaneda, her former partner.

Three days earlier, Rockford Police responded to a distress call at a residence on 3218 9th street around eleven o’clock. There, they found Lindsey dead on arrival at the scene, and her daughter, Katelyn Lindsey, 25, shot.

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Investigators learned Jennifer Linsey had a protection order against Ochoa-Villaneda, spurring a manhunt for the suspect. Authorities later tracked Ochoa-Villaneda’s movements from a surveillance camera as he fled with his car away from the scene.

He was later spotted by Missouri State Police, which led to a high-speed chase over 100 mph.The chase ended when Ochoa-Villaneda crashed his vehicle.

Ochoa-Villaneda was arrested and indicted for 18 counts including: first-degree murder, two counts of home invasion, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of residential burglary, two counts of aggravated battery, and one count each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, domestic battery and violating an order of protection, according to Rockford Register Star.

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Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz determined Jennifer Lindsey was killed by blunt force trauma to her head and was not shot as initially thought. Katelyn Lindsey was transferred to a nearby hospital, where she eventually recovered from her injuries.

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With surmounting evidence against Ochoa-Villaneda, in addition to the victim’s DNA found on his clothes, he entered an open plea for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder on March 12.

“It is far more prevalent than a lot of people realize, but we see it every day here. People who are struggling with just trying to be safe from a current or former partner. It’s really important not to keep those things a secret and not to hide them because the violence and abuse is most likely to escalate over time,” said Remedies Domestic Violence Program Director Becky Winsten, according to a media report.

Winnebago County Judge Wilt handed Ochoa-Villaneda a 50-year sentence, and he will have to serve every year, for the first-degree murder charge. Also, Wilt handed down another 20-year sentence to be served consecutively for the attempted first-degree murder. He will serve at least 85 percent of that sentence before being considered for release.

For the 37-year-old defendant, it’s a life sentence.


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