Man sentenced to 50 years for murdering child in 1992
A man who stabbed a 6-year-old boy to death almost three decades ago in a Far South Side garage was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to attempted murder.
Osborne Wade was not charged with the murder of Lindsey Murdock until 2016. Another man, Mark Maxson, would spend nearly two decades in prison for the crime until his conviction was overturned five years ago and ‘he is declared innocent.
Before Wade was sentenced Tuesday by Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, prosecutors dropped two counts of murder against the 47-year-old, court records show.
The state attorney’s office “concluded that based on the evidence and the law, it was appropriate to resolve this case with a plea deal and an agreed jail term,” a spokeswoman said.
Wade said he saw Lindsey Murdock in an alley in the summer of 1992 and took her to an abandoned garage to assault her, prosecutors said.
Wade ended up strangling and stabbing the boy, whose body was found on August 30, 1992, in the 10700 block of South State Street.
In 1994, Maxson was convicted of killing Lindsey. That same year, Wade stabbed 18-year-old Joseph Stephens to death. Wade was convicted in this case and sentenced to 22 years in prison in 1997.
Police said Maxson confessed to killing Lindsey after smoking crack cocaine and drinking beer.
But Maxson maintained his innocence during the trial and said he was beaten by detectives and forced to confess – claims the Illinois Commission of Inquiry and Torture Relief was found to be credible in 2013.
No physical evidence linked Maxson to the crime, and DNA tests later showed that none of the blood found on Lindsey’s clothes matched Maxson – but matches Wade.
Prosecutors asked a judge to overturn Maxson’s conviction the same week they indicted Wade.
Wade had claimed he sent letters to Lindsey’s family and Maxson to apologize, prosecutors said.
At the time he was charged, Wade was in custody for failing to register as a convicted murderer and made a videotaped confession to Lindsey’s murder.