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Wheaton

Life sentence for man who murdered, buried Wheaton woman in park

Myron D. Ester
Myron D. Ester

A man found guilty of stabbing a Wheaton woman to death in 2013 was sentenced April 2 to life in prison without the possibility of a parole.

Myron D. Ester, 50, also received an additional five years for the murder of Linda Valez, 39, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office

The sentence follows a seven-day trial in January after which a jury found Ester guilty of first-degree murder. The jury also found that the murder was committed in an exceptionally brutal or heinous manner. Additionally, Ester was found guilty of concealment of a homicidal death, the release stated.        

On Sept. 25, 2013, Glen Ellyn police officers responded to a missing person in the Glen Ellyn area. Through the course of their investigation, officers went to Panfish Park where Valez was known to frequent.

Three days later, while at Panfish Park, officers discovered a disturbed area of vegetation and drops of blood nearby. Further examination of the area revealed a shallow grave in which officers discovered Valez. She had been stabbed 39 times.

An investigation led by the Glen Ellyn Police Department and the Major Crimes Task Force revealed that at some time the evening of Sept. 24, Valez and Ester had gone to Panfish Park together. While at the park, a verbal altercation between the two turned violent resulting in Ester stabbing Valez numerous times in the head, neck and torso, according to the release.

Ester was taken into custody Sept. 29 without incident. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail without bond since that time.

“In the fall of 2013, Myron Ester viciously stabbed his former girlfriend, Linda Valez to death,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. “With each of the 39 plunges of the knife, Mr. Ester’s pre-meditated murder not only took Linda from those who loved her, but he also cut the very fabric of society. Judge Telander’s sentence today ensures that Mr. Ester will be forever removed from society, locked behind closed doors where he will spend the remainder of his days behind bars where his memories of freedom will fade with each passing day. "

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