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Sentencing delayed again for man convicted in Evanston fatal beating

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

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The Hazel Crest, Ill., man convicted of killing an Evanston resident in 2011 will have to wait at least another month to be sentenced.

Brandon Hinton, 28, appeared in court Thursday morning for the first time since abruptly firing his attorney. A Cook County Circuit Court spokeswoman said Hinton is due back in court Dec. 20.

In September, a Cook County jury found Hinton guilty of fatally beating John Costulas, 61. The developmentally disabled man was walking to work in the early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2011, when Hinton attacked and robbed him, leaving him bleeding and unconscious.

Hinton dismissed his lawyer on his sentencing date last month. He was assigned a public defender, who also appeared in court Thursday morning, the court spokeswoman said.

— Patrick Svitek


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Patrick Svitek, City Editor

Patrick Svitek was City editor of The Daily. His other past positions include managing editor, online managing editor, Web editor, City editor, assistant...