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Man found guilty in mother's fatal fall sentenced

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 8:52 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A 57-year-old suburban Chicago man found guilty in May of the 2006 murder of his 77-year-old mother was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Wayne Weinke Jr. of Park Ridge was accused of throwing Gloria Weinke over a railing at her Arlington Heights retirement home following a quarrel about his inheritance.

Prosecutors say the woman lay at the bottom of a stairwell for 14 hours before being found. She died of her injuries nearly three months later.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports dozens of Weinke's supporters described him as a beloved member of the community.

However during Thursday's sentencing, Cook County Circuit Judge William Lacy said Weinke has admirable qualities, "but they are not a defense to murder."

Prosecutors say the mother and son had disagreed about a multimillion-dollar estate.

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