The never-ending death penalty debate has been given new life by a British Columbia man. DuPage County prosecutors say the man decided to hunt down and kill his ex-girlfriend in Illinois only after determining that he wouldn’t face the executioner.

The 36-year-old woman was shot numerous times in the head as she walked out of the Oak Brook office where she worked.

If the man had done a little more research, he would have found out how easily many murderers get off in Illinois — death penalty or not. On average, murderers convicted in the state are locked up for less than 15 years, according to the most recent data published by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Combine that statistic with this fact: more than half of all inmates released from Illinois prisons today will check back into the crossbar hotel within three years, according to the IDOC.

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