HIGHLAND PARK — A 21-year-old Highland Park man, Philip Vatamaniuc, was found guilty of murder in the slaying four years ago of Colin Nutter, then 20 and also from Highland Park, April 21 in Lake County Criminal Court in Waukegan, according to a Chicago Tribune story.
Judge Victoria Rossetti said the evidence presented in the five-day bench trial was sufficient to convict Vatamaniuc for his involvement in the murder, according to the Tribune. The testimony did not enable Rossetti to determine who actually shot Nutter. The verdict could mean a sentence of 35 to 75 years in prison.
Vatamaniuc initially told police another defendant, Benjamin Schenk, was the shooter, according to the Tribune. Schenk, 24 of Highwood, was also charged. Schenk pled guilty earlier hoping for a lighter sentence. Schenk said Vatamaniuc shot Nutter. A third defendant, Michael Coffee, also of Highland Park, has been found unfit to stand trial. No date has been set for sentencing.
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