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Allan Kustok found guilty of murdering wife

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Allan Kustok was found guilty Tuesday of first degree murder of his wife Anita "Jeanie" Kustok at their Orland Park home. He faces a sentence of 45 years to life in prison.

The case was handed over to the jury around 1:15 p.m. and a verdict was reached after a little more than an hour of deliberation.

Jeanie Kustok's sister, Patti Krcmery, thanked Cook County prosecutors for convincing a jury that Jeanie was murdered by her husband Allan four years ago.

"They truly showed my sister how wonderful she was, and for that I'll be eternally grateful," said Krcmery.

Prosecutors said that Allen Kustok wanted out of his marriage and shot his wife in the head while she slept, hoping it would look like a suicide.

After the verdict, jurors told prosecutors the evidence never suggested a suicide.

"They just didn't believe that she had shot herself, either accidentally or on purpose," said Prosecutor Jenifer Gonzalez.

The Kustok children, Zach who is a former quarterback at Northwestern and Sarah who's a TV sportscaster, were caught in the middle.

Sarah took the stand for the defense, and said she did not believe her father could commit the crime. However, Zach declined to publicly support his father.

"I know this has been a very difficult time for the family, and my heart goes out to both Sarah and Zach, because in essence they have lost both of their parents," said Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney.

When Sarah arrived at court Tuesday morning, she hugged her mother's siblings, suggesting her testimony on behalf of her father has not broken up the family. Sarah was not present for the verdict.

"It's kind of bittersweet…that we lost a great sister, and nobody wins in this, but, ah, I'm just glad that justice was served," said John Runko, Jeanie Kustok's brother.

Defense lawyers did not comment afterward, but Allan Kustok's sister, Sharon Crooks, said, "The jury has spoken. Two families are destroyed. There's no victor here, and we all love Jeanie deeply."

When the verdict was announced, Allan Kustok looked down at his hands, folded in front of him, and shook his head as if he couldn't believe it. Sentencing is set for April 17.


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