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Crime & Courts

Former Downers Grove man sentenced to 55 years for mother's murder

Michael Bassaly, 30, formerly of Downers Grove, faces 55 years in prison for the 2013 murder of his mother.
Michael Bassaly, 30, formerly of Downers Grove, faces 55 years in prison for the 2013 murder of his mother.

A former Downers Grove resident was sentenced July 11 to 55 years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his mother, according to a news release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Michael Bassaly, 30, shot his mother, Yvonne Zaky Bassaly, 61, also of Downers Grove, on Aug. 29, 2013.

Judge Daniel Guerin sentenced Bassaly to 30 years for the murder of his mother, subject to a 25-year add-on sentence for personally discharging the weapon that killed her. He faced a maximum penalty of life in the Illinois Department of Corrections, the release stated.

The sentencing came more than four months after a three-day trial that concluded Feb. 23. Bassaly has been held in custody without bond at the DuPage County Jail since the murder, according to the release.

Burr Ridge police were dispatched at 12:53 a.m. Aug. 29, 2013, to St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Burr Ridge in response to a 911 emergency call placed by the defendant. Officers discovered Bassaly’s mother in the backseat of his car, the release stated.

She had been shot once in the head and was gasping for air. Yvonne Zaky Bassaly was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m. An investigation conducted by Burr Ridge police resulted in first-degree murder charges against Michael Bassaly, according to the release.

“This afternoon, Michael Bassaly learned that for the execution style murder of his mother, he will spend the next fifty-five years behind bars,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “The senseless murder of Yvonne Zaky Bassaly has touched the lives of so many. It is my sincerest hope that the entire Bassaly family will now be able to move forward with their lives as they close the book on this horrible tragedy that has affected them all.”

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