Hazel Crest man sentenced to 35 years in prison for 2011 fatal beating

Ciara McCarthy, City Editor

The man convicted of killing an Evanston resident in 2011 has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison, police said.

A Cook County jury convicted Brandon Hinton of first-degree murder in September. Hinton, of Hazel Crest, Ill., attacked and robbed John Costulas in 2011 as the Evanston resident was walking to work in the 500 block of Howard Street, police said.

Hinton took $10 from Costulas, then 61, and left him bleeding and unconscious, according to police. Costulas died eight days later after succumbing to his injuries. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said he died due to “blunt head trauma” from the attack.

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