Convicted wife killer sentenced to life

June 23, 2009 3:29:47 PM PDT
A northwest suburban man is sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for the murder of his estranged wife.James Pender, 53, of Arlington Heights pleaded guilty to first degree murder. On June 9, prosecutors say he stalked Therese Pender as she exited a Metra station back in march of 2005.

Authorities say Pender beat the 41-year-old legal secretary to death with a hammer.

Therese Pender had filed for divorce and was in the process of getting an order of protection at the time of the murder.