Regina Defrancisco signed drawing

Regina Defrancisco signed drawing

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Regina and Margaret DeFrancisco were two teenage girls who made national headlines for the high-profile Chicago, Illinois murder of Oscar Velazquez, Regina's boyfriend, in June 2000. The two women allegedly lured Velazquez to their Pilsen home, where he was shot to death and his body was wrapped in a tarp and set on fire. Following the murder, the two teenagers gained national notoriety when they became fugitives from justice, although they were separately apprehended in 2002 after their story was broadcast on Unsolved Mysteries and America's Most Wanted. They were each convicted of first-degree murder in 2004.

On June 6, 2000, Regina DeFrancisco called her boyfriend of three weeks, 22-year-old Oscar Velazquez, to her home.[2][3] The sisters' friend Veronica Garcia was also at their home. According to Garcia, she had given Margaret her boyfriend's gun, a .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol, believing that the gun was to be used for armed robbery.[6] Margaret reportedly used the gun to shoot Oscar Velazquez once in the back of the head, instantly killing him.[2][3]

Following the murder, Regina and Margaret reportedly robbed the victim, Oscar Velazquez, of $600. After that, the sisters drove Oscar's body in his Camaro Z28 to a vacant lot, where Regina used nail polish remover to ignite his body. An anonymous caller phoned 911 to report the fire, and after finding Oscar Velazquez's body in the fire, he called 911 again. The sisters tried to sell the Camaro, but were unsuccessful, so they abandoned the vehicle and set it on fire. Regina and Margaret were immediately questioned by police as suspects in the murder of Oscar Velazquez, but their stories did not match up. Before the sisters could be arrested for murder, both fled from the police.

On September 9, 2004, Regina DeFrancisco was sentenced to 35 years in prison. On December 14, 2004, Margaret DeFrancisco was sentenced to 46 years in prison. Both women are incarcerated at the Logan Correctional Center. Each has filed appeals, but all have been unsuccessful.

For her role in the murder, Veronica Garcia was sentenced to 5 years. She served her time and was released.

The drawing is signed on the front, along on the back with a short handwritten note.

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