Maywood man gets life for aunt's beating death

CHICAGO – A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal beating death of his elderly aunt.

The Cook County State's Attorney's office said 56-year-old David Brown of Maywood was sentenced late Wednesday. He was previously convicted of first-degree murder in the October 2009 death of 81-year-old Gertrude Franklin of LaGrange Park.

Authorities said Brown assaulted Franklin, beating her in the head with a ceramic coffee mug. They say Brown then robbed her of jewelry and her car. He was later arrested when he crashed the car into a tree.

Franklin died of cranial cerebral injuries several weeks after the attack.