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Woman Facing 56 years In Prison For Planning Fatal Break-In

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Mary Vetor (Credit: Joliet Police)

Mary Vetor (Credit: Joliet Police)

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JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) — A southwest suburban woman found guilty Wednesday of fatally shooting a man two years ago now faces a minimum of 56 years in prison.

Mary Vetor, 25, of Joliet, was convicted of murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and home invasion after a jury deliberated for 3-1/2 hours, according to the Will County State’s Attorney’s office.

Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak set sentencing for Aug. 8, when Vetor faces a minimum of 56 years in prison, a release from the state’s attorney’s office said.

Vetor supplied the weapons — a gun and a baseball bat — that were used during the home invasion at the Channahon apartment of Joshua Terdic on July 7, 2009. Terdic was shot in the head and died 10 days later. Another woman was also shot but survived.

In addition to supplying the weapons, Vetor helped hatch the plan to steal money and drugs from Terdic, then drove two men to Terdic’s home, prosecutors said.

“Although she never entered the residence, Mary Vetor provided the deadly weapons and was intimately involved in the planning and orchestration of this brutal attack,” State’s Atty. William Glasgow said in the release. “Because of her contemptible behavior, she is as responsible for the murder of Joshua Terdic as if she had placed the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.”

Jason S. Orasco, 26, of Channahon; and Matthew Edwards, 19, of Joliet, also face charges of murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and home invasion in connection with the incident, the release said. Both are awaiting trial.

A fourth defendant, Ashley Hill, 19, of Joliet, pleaded guilty to home invasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison for testifying against Vetor.

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