Jury finds businessman guilty of killing wife, a T.F. North grad

2014-03-11T15:55:00Z 2014-03-11T23:39:14Z Jury finds businessman guilty of killing wife, a T.F. North gradTimes Staff and Wire Report nwitimes.com
March 11, 2014 3:55 pm  • 

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. | Jurors in suburban Chicago have found businessman Allan Kustok guilty of killing his wife, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, in September 2010.

Jeanie Kustok was a Calumet City native and 1969 graduate of Thornton Fractional North High School. She was known as Anita Runko in high school.

The jury deliberated for about two hours Tuesday afternoon at the 63-year-old's trial. Prosecutors accused the Orland Park businessman of shooting his wife in the head while she was sleeping. Defense attorneys argued that 58-year-old Jeanie Kustok committed suicide.

Kustok's daughter testified Monday that she didn't believe her father would kill her mother. But Sarah Kustok also said she didn't think her mother would kill herself.

Authorities accuse Kustok of wrapping his wife's body in bedding and a bathrobe and driving to a nearby hospital. Kustok says a gunshot woke him up and he found his wife dead next to him in their bed. The couple was married 34 years.

Several hundred people packed Our Lady of Knock parish in October 2010 for Jeanie Kustok's funeral. The Rev. Patrick Lyons eulogized Jeanie Kustok as someone who brought light and warmth to others.

The Kustok's son Zak is a former quarterback for the Northwestern University football program, while their daughter, Sarah, played basketball for DePaul University and is a former reporter for the Comcast Sports Network in Chicago. Sarah Kustok is now a sideline reporter covering the Brooklyn Nets for New York's YES Network.

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