Chicago Woman Sentenced to 50 Years for Murdering Pregnant Teen and Stealing Baby

Clarisa Figueroa sentenced to 50 years for brutal murder of pregnant woman, stealing her unborn child. Shocking crime highlights dangers expectant mothers face and power of DNA evidence.

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Chicago Woman Sentenced to 50 Years for Murdering Pregnant Teen and Stealing Baby

Chicago Woman Sentenced to 50 Years for Murdering Pregnant Teen and Stealing Baby

Clarisa Figueroa, a 51-year-old woman from Chicago, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the brutal murder of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and the theft of her unborn child in April 2019. Figueroa pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder and will serve her sentence without the possibility of parole.

According to court documents, Figueroa lured Ochoa-Lopez, who was nine months pregnant at the time, to her home with the promise of free baby clothes. Once inside, Figueroa strangled the young woman with a cable and cut the baby from her womb. Figueroa then called 911, claiming that she had given birth and the baby was not breathing.

The infant, later named Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, was rushed to the hospital but died two months later due to severe brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen. DNA testing confirmed that the baby belonged to Ochoa-Lopez and her husband, Yovanny Lopez, not Figueroa.

Figueroa's daughter, Desiree Figueroa, 29, also pleaded guilty to murder charges for her role in the crime. She admitted to helping her mother strangle Ochoa-Lopez and cover up the murder. Desiree Figueroa was sentenced to 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal that required her to testify against her mother.

Piotr Bobak, Clarisa Figueroa's boyfriend, was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in concealing the murder. He was released on parole last year after serving a portion of his sentence.

Why this matters:The heinous crime shocked the Chicago community and attracted national attention, raising concerns about the safety of expectant mothers and the lengths some individuals may go to steal a child . The case also highlighted the importance of thorough investigations and the power of DNA evidence in solving complex crimes.

During the sentencing hearing, Yovanny Lopez delivered an emotional impact statement, describing the immense pain and suffering the family has endured since losing both his wife and newborn son. "There is no sentence that will bring back my wife and son, but I hope that this prison term will prevent this evil woman from ever harming anyone else," Lopez said. The judge presiding over the case called the murder "cold, calculated, and premeditated" and admonished Figueroa for her "unimaginable cruelty" before handing down the 50-year sentence.

Key Takeaways

  • Clarisa Figueroa sentenced to 50 years for murdering Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and stealing her unborn child.
  • Figueroa's daughter Desiree pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years for her role in the crime.
  • Figueroa's boyfriend Piotr Bobak sentenced to 4 years for concealing the murder, released on parole last year.
  • The heinous crime shocked the Chicago community and highlighted concerns about the safety of expectant mothers.
  • The case emphasized the importance of thorough investigations and the power of DNA evidence in solving complex crimes.