Crime & Courts

Former Glen Ellyn man gets 50 years for ex-wife’s murder

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A former Glen Ellyn man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the 2011 murder and sexual assault of his ex-wife, Nancy Bustos.

On Feb. 27, 2020, following a seven-day trial and approximately three hours of deliberations, a jury found Juan M. Granados, 43, guilty of one count of first-degree murder and one count of criminal sexual assault, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

On Monday, DuPage County Judge Brian Telander sentenced Granados to 40 years in prison for the murder and 10 years for the criminal sexual assault. The sentences will be served consecutively.

On Oct. 16, 2011, Glen Ellyn police conducted a well-being check of Bustos at the apartment she shared with Granados and their two children. Once inside the apartment, officers discovered Bustos’ lifeless body in the bathroom. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death, the release stated.

An investigation into the murder led authorities to Granados as the killer. The investigation revealed that at some point during the evening of Oct. 15, Granados and Bustos were in the apartment together when an altercation ensued between the two resulting in the sexual assault and murder of Bustos, according to the release.

After strangling Bustos to death, Granados fled the country for Mexico, where he remained until his extradition in the fall of 2017. On Sept. 17, 2017, Granados appeared in bond court where he was ordered to be held without bond. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.

“Ten years ago, Juan Granados brutally sexually assaulted and murdered Nancy Bustos, his former wife and father of their children,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “After strangling Nancy to death, Mr. Granados fled the country in an attempt to avoid the consequences of his actions. Thanks to the dogged efforts of the Glen Ellyn Police Department however, Mr. Granados was brought back to DuPage County to face justice. While the sentence imposed on Mr. Granados cannot bring Nancy back to her children and those who loved her, it is my sincerest hope that they may find solace in knowing that the man responsible for her death has been held responsible.

Granados will be required to serve 100% of the murder sentence and 85% of the sexual assault sentence before being eligible for parole. He will receive credit for time served in the DuPage County Jail.