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Life in prison for man who killed foster family

Vennis McCall / phofrom Chicago Police

Vennis McCall / photo from Chicago Police

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A Chicago man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday for killing his foster family in their South Side home in 2008.

Judge Rosemary Higgins sentenced Vennis McCall, 34, to natural life plus 75 years, according to a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

McCall had been convicted of killing Alan McCullough, 46; his wife Danna McCullough, 43, and their son Alan McCullough III, 19, according to prosecutors.

They alleged the McCulloughs were McCall’s foster family, and he had just moved back into the home after being released from prison. On April 4, 2008, police made a well-being check after Alan McCullough failed to show up for work, and found the family dead in their home in the 6100 block of South Hermitage Avenue.

All three had been shot once in the head, according to the state’s attorney’s office. The son had also been beaten in the head with a hammer.

Authorities said the killing came after a disagreement about house rules.

“The argument was about money and food and house rules,” Chicago Police Cmdr. Patricia Walsh said in 2008.

McCall avoided arrest for almost three weeks by breaking into homes and hiding, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He was arrested April 22, 2008, when a neighbor found him hiding in a basement.

Alan McCullough was an officer with the Veteran’s Administration Police and his wife worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

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