Woman gets 58 years for murdering and dismembering her landlord on the North Side

Sandra Kolalou in a January 2022 mugshot and Frances Walker (Chicago Police Department, veganula.com)

CHICAGO — The woman convicted of murdering and then dismembering her landlord in their North Side home was sentenced on Wednesday to 58 years in prison.

A jury convicted Sandra Kolalou, 38, of the October 2022 slaying and dismemberment in April. Today, Judge Ursula Walowski handed down her punishment: 50 years for the murder, followed by 6 years for dismembering a human body, followed by two years for stealing the landlord’s identity.

During Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, prosecutors said part of Walker’s body and Walker’s dog are still submerged somewhere in Montrose Harbor.

Officials said Kolalou’s landlord, 69-year-old Frances Walker, regularly rented rooms in her home in the 5900 block of North Washtenaw, and Kolalou was one of her tenants.

Other tenants heard a scream in the home around 2:30 a.m. on October 10, 2022, and they grew concerned when they did not see Walker the next morning. Some residents checked in on Walker via text, and they received responses—responses that Chicago police accused Kolalou of sending after murdering Walker.

In announcing the charges, police and prosecutors said Walker had recently served Kolalou with eviction papers. They believed Kolalou killed Walker in Walker’s bedroom and then dismembered her, possibly using large butcher knives. Her body parts were later found inside a freezer at her home.

Kolalou was accused of threatening a jail guard while she was in custody, warning that she would kill the officer “like I did my landlord.”

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