Teen who stabbed 15-year-old suburban high school student to death gets probation


CHICAGO — A teenager who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a 15-year-old suburban Chicago boy has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

A Cook County judge on Monday also ordered the now 17-year-old high school senior and his parents to participate in counseling.

The defendant, who was charged as a juvenile, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the August 2020 stabbing death of 15-year-old Elias Valdez in Glenview.

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The Daily Herald reports authorities say Valdez tried to take marijuana from the then 16-year-old defendant without paying for it. He was fatally stabbed during a struggle that followed.

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