PROGRAMMING NOTE: ‘Stories of Hope: Facing Breast’ cancer airs on WGN at 7PM tonight

Judge convicts man in Schaumburg woman’s strangulation death

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — A Chicago-area judge has convicted a 32-year-old man of sexually assaulting and strangling his neighbor in 2017.

The Daily Herald reports Cook County Judge Steven Goebel found 32-year-old Bulmaro Mejia-Maya guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Tiffany Thrasher of Schaumburg. The judge also convicted Mejia-Maya of aggravated criminal sexual assault and home invasion.

Goebel described the April 15, 2017 attack as “brutal and barbaric.” Prosecutors say Mejia-Maya entered Thrasher’s apartment through a window before sexually assaulting and strangling her.

Defense attorneys argued that Mejia-Maya helped Thrasher with groceries and the two had consensual sex before an argument turned deadly. But Goebel said Thrasher “fought for her life.”

Thrasher’s brother-in-law, Heath King, said “just has been served.”

Mejia-Maya faces a sentence of 32 years to life in prison.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.