Kane County judge gives 50-year sentence to man convicted of stabbing Elgin woman to death

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ELGIN, Illinois — A Kane County judge has given out a 50-year sentence to a 36-year-old man convicted of stabbing an Elgin woman to death while burglarizing the townhouse she had just moved into with her husband.

Circuit judge Susan Clancy Boles sentenced Paul A. Johnson on Monday. Jurors found Johnson guilty in May of first-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old artist Lisa Koziol-Ellis. Prosecutors asked for a 75-year term.

Prosecutors say Johnson beat and stabbed Koziol-Ellis with a screwdriver and a knife when she confronted him burglarizing her home in March 2013. Prosecutors say Johnson then came back to clean the scene. Koziol-Ellis' husband found her body.

Koziol-Ellis' sister, Grace Holzinger, said the family now keeps her photo on her plate at the table during family gatherings.

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