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DNA Links Man to Murder of Woman During 2009 Burglary, Cops Say

By Quinn Ford | January 9, 2014 7:17am
 George Patterson, 51, was charged in connection with the 2009 murder of a woman in West Englewood.
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WEST ENGLEWOOD — An Illinois Department of Corrections inmate has been charged with the 2009 murder of a West Englewood woman, authorities said.

George Patterson, 51, was charged with murder in the death of a 57-year-old woman killed during a residential burglary.

The woman was strangled and beaten in the 6800 block of South Marshfield Avenue early on Aug. 9, 2009, police said.

Patterson, who is currently serving an 1-1/2-year sentence for theft, was charged after cold case detectives linked him to the crime through DNA evidence, police said.

Patterson, who has a tattoo of a dollar sign on his upper left arm, has nine previous felony convictions.

Patterson has served time in prison for theft and robbery convictions, and he was sentenced to a combined 15 years in prison for two separate aggravated battery convictions in 1995 and 1988, according to prison records.

Patterson is expected to appear in bond court Thursday afternoon. He is currently listed as being housed at the Stateville Correctional Center.