East Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Stepdaughter

EAST DUBUQUE, Illinois - The East Dubuque man accused of murdering his stepdaughter pleaded guilty Thursday to six charges, including three counts of first-degree murder.

Terry Abbas, 41, was charged with murdering his stepdaughter, Chyenne Kircher. Abbas had also been charged with two counts of sexual abuse and concealment of homicidal death.

In Jo Daviess County court Thursday, Abbas admitted that he killed and sexually abused Chyenne Kircher, burying her body behind a home he lived in with Chyenne, Chyenne's mother and brother.

Chyenne, 14, disappeared in October 2011, and her case was originally treated as a missing persons case. At the time, officials said Chyenne had left a note indicating she was running away from home.

The case was re-evaluated in March 2013 at the request of East Dubuque Police Chief Steve O'Connell. Chyenne's body was found behind her family home in September following Abbas' arrest.

Law enforcement officials said that Abbas was arrested last month as part of their investigation into Chyenne's disappearance. Abbas was under investigation by a Critical Incident Response Team from the state of Illinois, which began its investigation in March.

Abbas will be sentenced on December 6. He faces life in prison without parole.

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