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Woman shown on ‘America’s Most Wanted’ gets 45 years

A west suburban woman who was captured after being shown on “America’s Most Wanted” was sentenced to 45 years for the 2003 murder of a man she lured to her home.

Sherry Halligan, 54, waived her right to make a statement at the sentencing hearing Tuesday before Judge John H. Hynes at the Bridgeview courthouse.

Assistant State’s Attorney Cheryl Galvin submitted victim impact statements on behalf of Campbell’s family, but none of them were present to testify.

Following a five-day bench trial, Halligan was found guilty Feb. 1 of first-degree murder. Evidence showed she shot Dennis Campbell, 53, five times in her La Grange home, where prosecutors said she lured him on Jan. 30, 2003.

She allegedly left him to die, drove around, but later turned herself in to police. Halligan cooperated with authorities and attended hearings after she was charged with the murder, but vanished in April, 2004.

She was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” and highlighted as the only woman on the Chicago Crime Commission’s 10 Most Wanted List, which led to a tip and her capture in Palos Hills on July 16, 2010.

Hynes rejected Halligan’s defense that she suffered from battered woman’s syndrome and cited numerous inconsistencies between her testimony and a videotaped confession she gave.

Campbell’s niece, Liz Ford, said her family was pleased after Halligan was found guilty, but justice would never be served as long as Campbell was dead and Halligan is still alive.

“There wasn’t a better man on earth,” Ford said. “I miss him every day. I could always count on him.”

— STNG Wire

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