Allan Kustok has been found guilty of the 2010 shooting and killing of his wife Anita “Jeanie” Kustok. The guilty verdict was quickly reached by a jury - in less than two hours, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Tuesday afternoon.
During the poll of the jurors regarding their verdicts, Allan Kustok bowed his head while showing no emotion. His sister, Sharon Crooks, cried. His daughter, sportscaster Sarah Kustok, was not in the courtroom as the verdict was announced.
The deliberations of the jury began at 1 p.m.; the jurors took a break for lunch and returned the verdict in the courtroom at approximately 2:45 p.m. Kustok’s sentence is to be anywhere from 45 years to life in prison.
Allan Kustok claimed that on Sept. 29, 2010, he woke up to the sound of a gunshot and saw his wife dead beside him in bed. He said that she was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the face that came from a .357 Magnum pistol that was either in or near her hand. He said he gave her the gun as an anniversary gift.
In Kustok’s version of the story, he waited a lengthy amount of time and then wiped blood off his wife’s face and hands. Next, so he says, he fired the remaining five bullets remaining in the gun into an armoire at the side of the bed because he feared that he might shoot himself with the gun. After that, he wrapped the body in bed linens and drove it to the Palos Community Hospital’s emergency room.
The prosecution claims Allan Kustok shot his wife while having several extramarital affairs. The defense claims his wife shot herself.