UPDATE: Man sentenced for killing girlfriend in DeKalb

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Updated June 12, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

UPDATE: DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) - The DeKalb man found guilty of hiding his girlfriend's body in a closet after stabbing her is sentenced.

Prosecutors say Michael Kulpin will spend 60 years behind bars for first-degree murder and an additional three years for concealment of a homicide which may be served consecutively.

Kulpin is not eligible for parole.


Updated April 20, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

UPDATE: DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) - A DeKalb man is found guilty of beating his girlfriend with a frying pan, stabbing her then hiding her body in a closet.

Prosecutors say Michael Kulpin killed his girlfriend 19-year-old Moorea Des Roches because he thought she was cheating. They say Kulpin slashed Des Roches 27 times until she bled to death.

Her body was later found wrapped in a tablecloth, sheet and plastic shower curtain in a closet.

Defense attorney Dan Tramsier argued for second-degree murder charges because Kulpin was provoked by suspicions Des Roches was cheating.

Kulpin faces up to 100 years in prison.


Posted June 6, 2016, 4 p.m.

DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- A 20-year-old DeKalb man is arrested after police say they found his 19-year-old girlfriend dead in a bedroom closet.

Michael Kulpin is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, and concealment of a homicidal death after police conducted a well-being check at a home in the 900 block of Kimberly Drive in DeKalb.

DeKalb Police say the victim's mother called officers Sunday because she was concerned for her daughter, 19-year-old Moorea Desroches of St. Charles, after learning her daughter did not show up for work the past couple of days and was unable to get in touch with her. When police visited the home, they say they found Desroches dead in a bedroom closet.

Investigators say Kulpin and Desroches got into an argument late Friday night and into the early morning hours on Saturday. The verbal argument then turned physical when Kulpin allegedly battered Desroches and stabbed her several times. Kulpin then tried to hide her death by covering her body with items from the home, according to police. Authorities say they also recovered evidence from inside the home as well as a nearby dumpster.

Kulpin is currently in the DeKalb County jail with his bond set at $2 million dollars.

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