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Man gets life without parole for murdering father in Arlington Heights home

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Matthew Nellessen / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office Matthew Nellessen / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - An Arlington Heights man convicted of beating and stabbing his father to death at their northwest suburban home was sentenced to life in prison last month.

A jury convicted Matthew Nellessen, 22, of one count of first-degree murder on March 19, officials said.

Judge Martin Agran sentenced Nellessen to life in prison without parole at a hearing June 26 at the Rolling Meadows courthouse, court records show.

Prosecutors claimed Nellessen taped his father George Nellessen to a chair at their home in the 1000 block of North Wilshire Lane on April 12, 2011, and forced the 55-year-old to sign over a $100,000 check from his retirement fund, the Sun-Times reported previously.

When the father threatened to call police, Matthew Nellessen “swung the bat full force at his father’s head five times” and stabbed him in the neck with a steak knife, prosecutors claimed.

The father’s body was found two days later, after a concerned co-worker went to check on him, authorities said.

Three alleged accomplices -- Marlon Green, 20; Armon Braden, 20; and his younger brother, Azari Braden, 19 -- also face murder and armed robbery charges in the killing. All three have pleaded not guilty and their cases are still pending, court records show.

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