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Teen Sentenced to 40 Years In 4-Year-Old Sister's Stabbing Death

Teen Sentenced to 40 Years In 4-Year-Old Sister's Stabbing Death

Keith Randulich steps onto a transport bus at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., Thursday, after being sentenced to 40 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of his 4-year-old sister. [AP]

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

April 18, 2011

CHICAGO – Nineteen-year-old Keith Randulich was sentenced today to 40 years in prison for stabbing to death his 4-year-old sister with a steak knife in the basement of their Mokena home.

The sentence was less than the life term prosecutors had requested for Randulich, a former Lincoln Way East honor student who said he killed his half-sister the night of May 22, 2009, claiming he wanted to spare her from being molested by a relative.

Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Fitzgerald said the slaying of Sabrina Clement was a “brutal and heinous” crime that deserved life imprisonment, or a sentence of 60 to 80 years “that guarantees (Randulich) will never walk among society again.”

After slashing the 40-pound girl’s throat nearly 30 times as she struggled and cried out, Randulich called 911 twice and met police at the door. He confessed that night to investigators, and pleaded guilty in December. The sentence requires him to serve “straight time” with no reduction in years for good behavior.

Detectives found no evidence Sabrina had been abused. While Randulich was ruled psychologically fit to stand trial, a psychiatrist’s report stated he has a personality disorder.

His head bowed and his voice barely above a whisper, the thin, pale Randulich on Thursday told Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak he still believed he was sparing his sister from being tormented by another relative.

“I heard what the state’s attorney said,” said Randulich, still staring down at the defense table in front of him.

“Did he grow up in a household where a 4-year-old was being abused every day? He shouldn’t even be allowed to judge me. I did it to stop child abuse.”

No Randulich family members or friends attended the sentencing.

Defense attorneys presented the judge with seven letters of support, including a letter from Randulich’s mother urging the judge to have mercy.

“She’s in a unique, heart-rending, devastating situation for any mother … she lost one child and now stands to lose her first-born,” said attorney Jaya Varghese, who read a few sentences from the letter, which was admitted under seal.

“We trust that God … has forgiven Kevin,” Varghese read. “’We hope that your honor … in sentencing Kevin will follow that same mercy.”

The night of the murder, Randulich had argued with his mother over his request to use some of his high school graduation money to buy a gun to kill the molester.

The parents later went with Randulich’s 14-year-old brother to attend a school event, leaving Randulich with Sabrina and his 16-year-old brother. The 16-year-old said he was playing video games and had no idea anything had happened until he saw the lights from squad cars in front of the house.

Randulich told police that after he called 911, he returned to Sabrina’s body in the basement.

“I just kissed her and said, ‘I’m sorry I had to do that,’” Randulich told police. “I really loved my sister.”

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    How tragic. Poor baby, rest in peace, Sabrina.

  • Dolphins_fantasy_max50


    over 3 years ago


    How very sick and tragic. Run with the angels little Sabrina.

  • 20552_1343137337912_1215571721_31006460_5991340_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    19 isn't a teen, 19 is an adult. Fry em!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Hopefully, he'll never make it out of prison. He wanted to spare her from being molested? Who cares if he was an honor student, or the child was his half-sister. He loved her (load of crap). Hope he gets some good lovin in prison...

  • 179509_413913675314782_526027874_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    this creep did not get enough time..he should be put under the jail for this heinous dare he say that he loved her..if he wanted to protect her from a abuser he should have gotten the proof and gone to the authorities instead of taking the wrong way out...this little girl never had a chance..MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON THIS FAMILY FOR THE TRAGEDY THEY HAD TO ENDURE. R.I.P. child ur with god now !!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    He did not get NEAR what he deserved, but the poor little frail boy will DEFINATELY get in in prison!!

  • Bearcat_smoke-rgb_max50


    over 3 years ago


    He should at least be locked up for life. Justice has not been served for the innocent baby who didn't deserve to lose her life..

  • Pro_max50


    over 3 years ago


    deserves to be put to death

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Nope, he didn't get what was coming to him by any stretch of the imagination.He slashed his sister's throat thirty times.Sure enough as we can all see the sob sister media came to his rescue by telling us-!; He's frail....2.It's a half sister and --3. He is an honor student.Big freeken deal,he should be doing life without parole and that would be lenient.

  • 12235_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Very sad, but he got what was coming to him.

  • 251872743_00891b8267_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What a disturbed individual. That poor girl.

  • Good_ole_days_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Crazy kid..

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Poor girl, what a terrible event for the family, my prayers are with the girl and the family. This kid obviosly had something wrong with him to do such a terrible act on a family member, glad he is going away.

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