Murder Trial Looms for Timothy Doll in Suffocation Death of DeKalb High School Freshman

Sycamore, Illinois – Prosecutors in Sycamore have gathered all the necessary evidence ahead of the upcoming murder trial of a 30-year-old man accused of suffocating a DeKalb High School freshman to death. Timothy M. Doll, a registered sex offender, is facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the killing of 15-year-old Gracie Sasso-Cleveland, whose body was discovered in a dumpster near Doll’s College Avenue apartment on May 7, 2023.

Doll has been held without bond at the DeKalb County Jail since his arrest on the day of the incident. Lead prosecutor Scott Schwertley informed Circuit Court Judge Philip Montgomery that they are prepared for the next steps in the case, with Doll being represented by a special public defender, Andrew Nickel. Despite pleading not guilty, court records indicate that Doll allegedly confessed to the crime and admitted his awareness of Sasso-Cleveland’s age.

In addition to the murder charge, Doll is also facing multiple other charges, including aggravated criminal sexual abuse, concealment of homicidal death, aggravated domestic battery, obstructing justice, unlawful restraint, and unlawful communication of a child sex offender. The DeKalb County Coroner’s Office determined that Sasso-Cleveland died from asphyxiation, with prosecutors alleging that Doll’s actions were in retaliation against the victim following an argument at his apartment.

The investigation revealed that Doll attempted to cover up the crime by disposing of Sasso-Cleveland’s cellphone at a local hospital where he sought treatment for a back injury he claimed to have sustained while moving the victim’s body. During a search of Doll’s residence, authorities discovered female clothing matching what Sasso-Cleveland was last seen wearing.

As the legal proceedings continue, Doll faces the possibility of extended sentencing if convicted of first-degree murder, which could result in a prison term ranging from 20 to 120 years. A status hearing has been scheduled for July 17, while no trial date has been set thus far. The community continues to mourn the loss of Sasso-Cleveland, as the legal process moves forward in seeking justice for her tragic death.