Suburban teen sentenced to 6 years in fatal stabbing of 11-year-old sister

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VERNON HILLS, Ill -- The Mundelein teenager who stabbed her younger sister last year will spend the next 6 years in juvenile detention.

The now 15-year-old pleaded guilty to first degree murder in January.

The teen read an emotional letter to the judge today before being sentenced. She also thanked the court for keeping the case in juvenile court instead of trying her as an adult where she could have got life in prison.

Just over a year ago the teen, who was 14-year-old at the time, called Mundelein police. Police arrive at her home to find the teen’s 11-year-old sister Dora Bentencourt dead. She had been stabbed multiple times.

The teen first told police an intruder had killed her sister. But she later admitted she stabbed Dora because she felt she didn’t “appreciate” her and the chores she had done.

The teen will stay in juvenile detention until she is 21-years-old. She will also participate in mental health therapy sessions.

The judge after reading her sentenced told her she should live a life that honors her sister.

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