Man Who Broke Into Sox GM’s House Deemed Unfit For Trial
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CHICAGO (CBS) — A judge has found a homeless man who broke into White Sox general manager Kenny Williams’ house and defrosted a lobster unfit to stand trial.
In court Thursday, Cook County Criminal Court Judge Joseph Kazmierski ruled that Wayne L. Field III unfit for trial, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin. The finding means the judge does not believe Field is mentally fit to understand what is going on in court,
Field III had on Williams’ clothing — including a fur and World Series ring — and was peeking through the window of the GM’s home on Nov. 21 of last year, when an officer helping with a burglary investigation approached, according to a police report.
Williams, who was out of town when the crime occurred, said the burglar drank his beer, ate frozen pizza, surfed the Internet and kicked his shoes off on the bed, and even defrosted a lobster.
When the responding officer asked his name, the 51-year-old replied, “Wayne Field III,” police said. That matched the name on a hospital bracelet found after an earlier break-in at the townhome on Benton Place in the Lakeshore East district downtown, prosecutors said at Field’s bond hearing.
Field was charged with burglary on Nov. 22 and pleaded not guilty in December.
Field, who lived in a homeless shelter in an Uptown church, has been held in the Cook County Jail on $100,000 bond since Nov. 23. He will likely be transferred to a mental facility to receive treatment, Conklin said.
A status hearing on the case was set for June 28. At that time, doctors will report on his mental fitness. When deemed mentally fit, he will face trial, Conklin said.
When arrested, Field also had Williams’ Cadillac keys and balcony keys, the police report said, and was wearing Williams’ watch, shirt, jeans and sweatshirt.
Field was previously sentenced to 30 days in jail for a 2011 misdemeanor battery conviction, and has also been arrested for assault, indecent exposure and sexual abuse, according to court records.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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