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A Chicago man believed to be a serial murderer and rapist who preyed upon women in violent sexual attacks on the South Side has been sentenced to 100 years in prison in the second of multiple cases against him, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Michael Johnson, 30, was sentenced today after having been previously convicted in this case of one count of Murder and two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault. Johnson was convicted and sentenced in another case and is still facing charges of murder and sexual assault of three other women who were slain in attacks by Johnson between 2008 and 2010. He is also facing attempted murder and sexual assault charges in connection with a fifth case in which the victim survived.

According to prosecutors, on January 11, 2010, the body of the victim was found in an abandoned building near 119th and Wentworth. The medical examiner determined the cause of death to be strangulation. DNA evidence taken from the victim matched Johnson, who was arrested in 2010 after a computerized law enforcement data base search of his DNA identified him as the attacker in this case and linked him to the other attacks.

Cook County Judge Joseph Kazmierski sentenced Johnson today to 40 years for the Murder and 30 years for each Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault charge. All charges are to run consecutively, for a total of sentence of 100 years. The remaining cases against Johnson are pending.

Johnson was sentenced to 90 years in March of 2014 for another case where the victim survived the attack. In that case, Johnson met the victim near a gas station in the area of 111th and State Street and the victim agreed to have sex with Johnson for money at his residence. After the two engaged in sex, the defendant requested an additional sex act, which the victim refused. As the victim was getting dressed to leave Johnson’s residence, prosecutors said Johnson grabbed her and began to choke her until she lost consciousness. As the victim drifted in and out of consciousness, Johnson continued to choke and beat her before sexually assaulting her. Afterwards, Johnson threw the victim off a second story balcony and then dragged the naked victim through a vacant lot and left her in the alleyway causing second degree friction burns on her back. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where a rape kit was collected and DNA evidence was eventually matched to Johnson.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Mercedes Luque-Rosales and Alex DelCastillo and the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.

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