36-Year-Old Man Sentenced to 105 Years in ‘Execution’ of 14-Year-Old Girl

36-Year-Old Man Sentenced to 105 Years in 'Execution' of 14-Year-Old Girl
36-Year-Old Man Sentenced to 105 Years in 'Execution' of 14-Year-Old Girl (Images: Twitter/nwitimes)

A Chicago man has now been sentenced to 105 years behind bars for the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl who was discovered discarded in a trash-filled Gary alley with her hands tied behind her back.

Deonlashawn Simmons, 36, was sentenced Thursday by a Lake County judge in Takaylah Tribitt’s murder in September 2019. The body of the Chicago girl was discovered face down on the ground, with her hands tied behind her with wires.

Simmons was convicted of murder by a jury in March, and he later admitted to the firearm and repeat offender enhancements. He has maintained his innocence and said he will appeal on Thursday.

According to court documents, Tribbit, a runaway, was discovered in Gary, not too far from Simmons’ family’s home. Her body was found 5 days after she and Simmons met at a birthday celebration in Chicago.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Doug Shaw, who called Tribbit’s death a “execution,” requested the maximum 105-year sentence, saying “that’s all the law allows us.” He described the details surrounding Tribitt’s death as “some of the cruelest he’s seen.”

Shaw described Tribitt as a “defenseless child.”

Michael A. Campbell, Simmons’ attorney, had requested a 56-year sentence, with 5 years suspended in favor of probation.

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