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McCullough Sentencing December 10th

DeKalb County Sheriff's Department

Sentencing for Jack McCullough has been moved to early December. The sentencing was supposed to be today, but a lawyer representing McCullough says the defense was not given enough time to prepare.

McCullough was convicted in September for the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore in 1957. Judge James Hallock and lawyers from both sides agreed on December 10th at 10:00 am for the sentencing.

McCullough appeared in court in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs. As he left the courtroom, he appeared to wave to a few people who had been sitting behind him.

Outgoing DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell was heard telling a member of the Ridulph family that he would like to attend the sentencing...even though he will no longer be in office. Campbell lost his re-election bid to Democrat Richard Schmack, who takes office next week.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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