Why was 14-year-old girl's murder suspect out on parole? Kelli O'Laughlin's 'killer' had 20-year history of violent crime
- Chicago schoolgirl was stabbed at her home during botched burglary
- Suspect had string of previous convictions, including armed robbery and battery
The man charged with stabbing a 14-year-old girl to death when she caught him burgling her home had a criminal record dating back 20 years.
John L. Wilson Jr would have violated his parole for an armed robbery conviction when he broke into the Chicago house of Kelli O'Laughlin, Cook County's State Attorney admitted.
The 38-year-old, of South Lafayette in Chicago, had been out of prison for less than a year before he was charged with burgling the $500,000 property and with the horrific attack.
He had been given an early release from an 11-year sentence he began serving in 2003.
State Attorney Anita Alvarez revealed the extent of his depraved criminal past during a press conference on Friday, and admitted that it warranted more jail time.