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Son gets 40 years for killing mom over Avril Lavigne tickets

Robert Lyons / phofrom DuPage County State's Attorney's office

Robert Lyons / photo from DuPage County State's Attorney's office

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Updated: February 25, 2012 8:17AM

A 39-year-old west suburban man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for the brutal 2008 murder of his mother, which was instigated by her refusal to buy him tickets to an Avril Lavigne concert.

Judge Kathryn Creswell sentenced Robert Lyons of Carol Stream for the murder of Linda Bolek, then 61, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.

On Sept. 21, 2011, after a six-day-long trial, a jury found Lyons guilty of murder after deliberating for about two hours.

On March 14, 2008, Lyons and his mother got into an argument at the Carol Stream condominium they shared, prosecutors said.

Lyons flew into a rage and attacked his 61-year-old mother after she refused to call a friend to obtain skybox tickets for him to an upcoming Lavigne concert, prosecutors said.

The argument ended when Lyons picked up a cognac bottle and struck Bolek two times over the head. He then used two knives to stab Bolek in the back nine times as she lay on the floor, breaking part of one knife off in her body and bending the other, prosecutors said.

After stabbing his mother, Lyons poured chemicals over her body, including Tile-X, Drain-O and Raid insecticide. He then left the scene and was apprehended several hours later at a Hooters restaurant, the release said.

Bolek’s twin sister, Pat Lowry, said in September that Bolek had tried to help her troubled son, who had struggled with serious psychological and anger problems since he was a teen.

Her efforts included allowing Lyons to move back in with her barely a year before she was slain because he needed a place to live, though she resisted pushing him to seek more help for his problems.

“Today, Mr. Lyons learned that he will spend the next 40 years of his life behind bars for the vicious murder of his mother,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “Linda Bolek did not deserve to die that day by the hands of her own son. She did not deserve to be beaten, stabbed and have chemicals poured over her as she lay helpless on the floor.

“Mr. Lyons however, deserves this punishment. He has earned it and he deserves to spend what likely amounts to the rest of his life removed from society,” Berlin said.

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