Chicago-area man awaiting sentence in Spanish teen’s death

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Police say a suburban Chicago man convicted in the drug-induced death of a Spanish foreign exchange student swapped messages with the girl discussing how they loved one another.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that Glen Ellyn police Det. Kyle Duffie testified Thursday at 38-year-old Francis Emanuele’s sentencing hearing. He pleaded guilty in November to drug-induced homicide and indecent solicitation of a child. The 15-year-old girl was found dead in her host family’s home in May 2016 from methadone intoxication.

Duffie said the two discussed the girl using methadone to fake a sick day so they could spend time “cuddling.” Duffie testified that Emanuele texted the girl, telling her what to drink after taking the fatal methadone dose to numb the bitter aftertaste.

The Downers Grove man’s sentencing hearing was to continue Friday.


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