Robert Signorile / photo from Huntley Police
Updated: February 27, 2014 6:43AM
WOOSTOCK — A Huntley man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday for the March 2012 beating death of his girlfriend, officials said.
Robert Signorile, 45, was found guilty of first degree murder on Nov. 22 following a McHenry County trial.
According to McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis A. Bianchi, Signorile was arrested after his girlfriend, Michelle Mathieu, was found badly bruised and unconscious in their Huntley home. The unconscious Mathieu also had three fractured ribs, a fractured vertebra and a subdural hematoma, officials said. She was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin for emergency surgery but succumbed to her injuries a few days later.
Signorile claimed the injuries were caused in a fall, but evidence at trial showed he had an extensive history of abusing Mathieu and treating physicians testified her injuries were consistent with a physical assault, according to a prepared release Bianchi’s office Friday.
This case was investigated by the Huntley Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally and Robert Zalud.