Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The judge will decide next month if Joseph Messina, who was convicted of throwing the punch that put Eric Bartels of Joliet into a coma, will be tried again.
Lawyers for the New Lenox man convicted in January of punching a Joliet man into a coma outside a Mokena bar argued Wednesday that he should either be acquitted or get a new trial. Attorney Dave Carlson said there wasn't enough evidence for Joseph Messina, 24, to be found guilty of beating Eric Bartels outside the Mokena bar 191 South in July 2009. The attack left Bartels, 29, in a coma. Carlson pointed out that three key prosecution witnesses swore Messina was wearing shorts the night of the attack when he was actually wearing long pants. Carlson also claimed it was one of Messina's friends, Michael Glielmi, formerly of Manhattan, who punched Bartels, but that he was denied the opportunity to question Glielmi. Glielmi invoked his …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thankfully, it was a short week.
It was a three-day week at the Will County Courthouse, so there wasn't a lot going on. It was nice while it lasted, because that's all going to change next week, starting with Monday's sentencing hearing for quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn. Vaughn was convicted in September of murdering his wife, 34-year-old Kimberly Vaughn, and three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and Abigayle, 12—in June 2007. Vaughn is going to get life in prison. But that's next week. In the week that just ended, we saw Coal City woman Tiffany Unland, 30, fail to convince a judge to further reduce her bond from $120,000 to $50,000. Unland already got it lowered once from $200,000. Unland allegedly killed a Palatine man in a drunken crash on Route 6 in Channahon …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Jason Orasco and three other went into the Channahon apartment of two friends, whom they tied up, robbed and shot in the head.
Assuming he serves his complete sentence, 27-year-old Jason Orasco won't be seeing the outside of a prison until he's well into his 90s, his punishment for shooting two friends in the head in a Channahon robbery nearly three years ago. Orasco, of Joliet, was one of four people who carried out the early morning break-in in which Lauren Vasilakis, then 19, and her boyfriend, Joshua Terdic, 21, were robbed, tied up and shot. Terdic died, but Vasilakis survived and was in the Will County courtroom Tuesday when Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak gave Orasco was given 50 years for murder and a consecutive sentence of 25 years for aggravated battery with a firearm, a story in the Joliet Herald-News said. To read the full report, click here.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Brian T. Haggerty of Minooka was sentenced to three years in prison after an April accident injured an Illinois state trooper on Interstate 80 at Ridge Road.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011
Minooka resident Brian T. Haggerty was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, according to Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis. In April, Haggerty, 37, of 1300 Wabena Ave., was the driver of a vehicle that hit an Illinois state trooper who was involved in a traffic stop on Interstate 80 at the Ridge Road exit ramp. Officials said the trooper sustained numerous fractures as a result of the incident. Weis said Haggerty apologized to the trooper, who was present in court for the sentencing, along with many of troopers from the Illinois State Police. The three-year sentence was the maximum allowed for this charge. Officials said Haggerty was driving at a …