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32-year sentence in Hanover Park man’s 2001 death

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 11:20 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A judge has sentenced a former suburban Chicago man to 32 years in prison for the 2001 death of a Hanover Park man.

Local media reported Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon sentenced Jose Camacho on Thursday in the death of 28-year-old Flavio Venancio. Camacho’s defense attorney requested a 20-year sentence, arguing he acted in self-defense and didn’t intend to kill Venancio.

But prosecutors argued Camacho was angry when he choked, stabbed and drowned the victim. Venancio’s body was found in a pond near the Schaumburg Metra station.

Camacho was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico in 2012. He said through an interpreter that he is sorry for Venancio’s family and his own family.

Camacho will receive credit for 859 days in custody.

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