A South Side man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing a 12-year-old girl to death as she screamed, "Please, Daddy, don't." John Singleton, 32, received the sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. He was accused of stabbing Alexis Stubbs, his girlfriend's daughter, in June 2017 and then texting her mother: "See wat u made me do ... u gon pay for this." Singleton had been paroled months before after serving time for choking Alexis'
mother — an attack Alexis witnessed, according to prosecutors. Singleton and the girl's mother had kept in touch while he was in prison, and they apparently had reconciled. He was released on electronic monitoring from a halfway home June 7, then came to stay with Alexis and her mother in the North Side apartment building where they lived. On Sunday, June 11, the three spent the day together without incident, until an argument about buying cigarettes ballooned into a fight about Singleton's living situation, prosecutors said. Later, as the girl walked out of the building,
Singleton pushed her into the vestibule, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground — an attack that was captured on video surveillance. He pulled a hammer out of his pocket and raised it in Alexis' direction, prosecutors said. He then grabbed the girl by the hair and pushed her upstairs into the apartment. In a voicemail to her mother,
Alexis is heard screaming, "Please, Daddy, don't." Alexis had been stabbed more than 11 times all over her body. In addition to the murder charges, Singleton had faced charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery to a police officer, but those were dropped.