Sentencing delayed for Aurora man convicted in 1990 slaying of wife
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media January 23, 2014 9:42AM
Aurelio Montano, 55, of Aurora, is charged in the 1990 death of his wife, Guadalupe Maria Montano, whose body has not been found. Montano is already serving life in prison for ordering the murders of a man and woman.
Updated: February 25, 2014 6:15AM
Already serving life in prison for two unrelated murders, Aurelio Montano will wait until next month to learn his sentence for killing his wife in 1990.
A jury needed three hours in October to convict 58-year-old Montano in the death of Maria Guadalupe Montano. She disappeared from her Aurora home in June 1990 and her body was never found. Prosecutors charged Montano with murder in 2008 after investigators culled together details from family members about Montano’s actions around the time Maria vanished, including how he disposed of her body.
The state’s case was also bolstered by cadaver dog search results indicating the smell of human remains were on a carpet and in the hole where it was found on a Naperville ranch where Montano family members worked and lived. Montano buried his wife’s body on the farm, but later moved it, according to trial testimony.
Montano’s sentencing hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, but was pushed to Feb. 10 because his public defender was not available.
Montano is already in prison for the rest of his life in connection to the murder of two people in Aurora in 1996. Jurors in his wife’s murder trial were not told of Montano’s previous conviction or his life sentence.