Man sentenced to 46 years in prison for 1992 Evanston murder

Rishika Dugyala, Assistant Summer Editor

A Chicago man was sentenced to 46 years in prison on Wednesday for murdering an Evanston woman in 1992.

On April 23, 1992, police discovered Deeondra Dawson, 25, “brutally murdered” in her apartment in the 600 block of Sherman Avenue, according to a news release from Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan.

Jimmie Dunlap, now 46, had stabbed her at least 34 times. The woman also suffered injuries which included a collapsed lung, brain hemorrhages and a human bite mark on her cheek, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office told The Daily in 2013. Dawson’s then 4-year-old son was found unharmed in the apartment.

Evanston police detectives were unable to identify an offender in the incident until May 2013, when, after re-submitting evidence from the scene for advanced DNA analysis, detectives linked Dunlap to the murder, according to the news release.

Dunlap was charged with first-degree murder later that May and found guilty this April.

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