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Fourth suspect in Hutch’s Jewelry murder sentenced

Fox 2Another suspect in the murder of Oak Park jeweler Daniel “Hutch” Hutchinson two years ago has been sentenced to prison.

As part of a plea agreement, Angelo Raptoplous, 34, of Commerce Township, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Nanci Grant to four to 15 years in prison.

“I think there’s some value in that – and I know there’s not a lot of value – but from someone who was involved, (it’s important) to hear, ‘I’m sorry,'” Raptoplous said, addressing the victim’s family.

In May, Raptoplous testified against his godbrother and best friend, Marco Bisbikis, who was the mastermind behind the plot to kill Dan Hutchinson and his wife Marisa Hutchinson.

Bisbikis was the Hutchinsons’ lawyer. He wanted to take over their multi-million dollar jewelry business. However, Raptoplous didn’t know this because Bisbikis lied to him, saying the Hutchinsons would testify against him and his life was in danger.

“I didn’t want them to die, but I didn’t want Marco to get hurt either,” Raptoplous previously told the court. “I would have done anything for him.”

So Raptoplous helped find the hitman who killed the Hutchinsons; Daniel died on May 1, 2022, while his wife survived the attack. But now, even the victim’s family seemed to sympathize with Raptoplous.

Inset: Daniel Hutchinson. Larger image: Surveillance video of the shooting that killed him in 2022.

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Inset: Daniel Hutchinson. Larger image: Surveillance footage of the shooting that killed him in 2022.

“The way Angelo was used was just another crime in a long line of crimes that he committed, and it’s hard not to feel a little sympathy for him,” said Chris Kestner, Marisa Hutchinson’s brother. “We can’t predict whether Angelo Raptoplous poses a threat to society or for how long.”

During sentencing, Raptoplous’ attorney downplayed the role his client played, asking the judge to limit the time Raptoplous spends in prison.

“It’s a done deal – so what do we do here?” Judge Grant replied.

Grant eventually turned her attention to Raptoplous.

“You’re a person who seems nice, who wants to be loyal to your family, who wants to be loyal to the people who care about you — and that makes you vulnerable to someone doing that to you again.”

“Yes,” Raptoplous replied.

Angelo Raptoplous, 34 years old.

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Raptoplous was convicted of incitement to commit murder.

In June, Bisbikis and hitman Roy Larry were convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation of murder and firearms. Both will spend the rest of their lives in prison for Daniel’s murder.

Darnell Larry, another man implicated in the murder, pleaded guilty to solicitation to murder and agreed to testify against Bisbikis. Roy Larry also took a plea deal to avoid a life sentence; on Monday, he was sentenced to six years to 80 months in prison.

“You have to remember that you can’t allow others to take advantage of you,” the judge told Raptoplous during sentencing on Wednesday.