Man who brutally murdered teen girl gets 105-year prison sentence

A Chicago man who did the unthinkable to 14-year-old Takaylah Tribitt in 2019 was slammed with a massive prison sentence this week, in a rare show of legitimate justice in today’s soft-on-crime atmosphere.

According to Fox News, Deonlashawn Simmons, 36, was convicted of killing Tribit. The young woman was “found with her hands bound in a dirty alleyway in Gary, Indiana” at the time. The young lady happened to be a runaway, and the alleyway in which she was found was close to Simmons’ family home. 

The two had reportedly met either other just five days before the killing at a local birthday party.

“Tribitt had been shot once in the head, and a 9mm spent shell casing and credit card bearing the name of one of Simmons’ relatives was found on the ground near her body, Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Douglas Shaw wrote in court filings,” according to

The killer was convicted of the murder in March of this year, and he admitted “to firearm and habitual offender enhancements.”

He was sentenced this week to 105 years in prison, which came after his attorney had asked for a 56-year sentence. Deputy Prosecutor Doug Shaw had described the murder as an “execution” and urged the judge to hit Simmons with the maximum allowed sentence.

Shaw, who described Tribit as a “defenseless child,” added that it was one of the cruelest killings he’d seen in his entire career, which is saying something, as the Chicagoland area is well known for gruesome, out-of-control violence.

Even after being handed the maximum sentence, Simmons maintained his innocence, vowing to appeal the jury’s ruling and the sentencing.