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Sauk Village man gets 75 years for strangling teen

MARKHAM, Ill. — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for sexually assaulting and killing a 15-year-old girl in 2008.

A Cook County judge sentenced 24-year-old Timothy Easley of Sauk Village on Wednesday. Prosecutors say Easley sexually assaulted and strangled Brashai Griffin and then left her body in a creek in a wooded area. Jurors convicted Easley last month of first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Prosecutors say police and search teams looked for the honor student for nearly two days after she went missing.

Both Easley and Griffin attended Bloom Trail High School.

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