COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Anthony Triplett, the cable repairman serving a life sentence for murdering a customer in 2006, was convicted Wednesday of killing another woman.
Triplett, now 35, was working as a Comcast contractor in late 2006 when he raped, strangled and murdered 23-year-old Urszula Sakowska and 39-year-old Janice Ordidge inside their South Side homes, authorities said.
Triplett was convicted in 2013 of Sakowska's murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
On Wednesday, a Cook County jury found Triplett guilty of murdering Ordidge inside her Hyde Park apartment in October 2006. According to courthouse sources, the jury deliberated for only 40 minutes before finding Triplett guilty.
Triplett had been called to Ordidge's Hyde Park home on Oct. 21, 2006, to repair slow internet service, the Tribune reported at the time. The woman's body was found two days later when she failed to show up for work. She had been dumped in a bathtub, dead and badly beaten, and her wallet, laptop and iPod were missing.
DNA evidence would later link Triplett to the crime, the Tribune reported.
Triplett was previously convicted of murdering Sakowska. In that case, Triplett was called to the woman's home in December 2006 to install new Internet service, prosecutors said.
She was raped, strangled and covered in a "death mask" made of duct tape, according to court testimony. Triplett is accused of trying to wash away evidence by dumping Sakowska's body in her bathtub.
During a sentencing hearing in July 2013, Triplett said, "I didn't do it. I don't hurt women, never have, never will."
But Cook County Judge Kevin Michael Sheehan called Triplett "diabolical" and ordered him held for life without the chance of parole.
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