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Jason "J-Rock" Austin (Credit: Chicago Police)

Feds Seek To Prove Convicted Drug Dealer Killed Chicago Cop

Federal prosecutors have sought the stiffest sentence possible for a purported gang leader convicted of drug trafficking, arguing he was the triggerman in the murder of a Chicago cop and his female friend.

03/21/2014

Drew Peterson is serving a 38-year prison term for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Drew Peterson Might Lose $79,000 Police Pension

Officials in southwest suburban Bolingbrook could begin an effort to strip former cop Drew Peterson of his pension, following his conviction for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

03/20/2014

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Federal Jury Convicts Ex-Cop In Torture, Murder Plot

Steven Mandell was accused of plotting to kidnap, torture, extort money, and then kill and dismember Riverside businessman Steve Campbell in an office he and an accomplice had equipped with saws and a sink in which to drain the victim’s blood.

02/21/2014

Zale Hoddenbach (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Former Youth Counselor Convicted Of Raping Teen

Zale Hoddenbach was affectionately known as “Mr. Z” to the teenagers he counseled at the Logan Square Boys & Girls Club, but a jury branded Hoddenbach as someone more depraved, convicting him of raping a girl who sought his help in landing a job when she was 15.

02/21/2014

Donald Walsh (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Frankfort Cop Convicted Of Punching, Choking Girlfriend

A southwest suburban Frankfort police officer who was found guilty Tuesday of misdemeanor domestic battery will lose his job with the police department.

02/12/2014

Charles Lemle was shot by Chicago police after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers early on New Year's Day 2014. He has been charged with four felonies. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Convicted Gunrunner, Shot During Recent Arrest, Sentenced To 10 Years

Charles Lemle, 28, of the 500 block E. 67th, stood on crutches before U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Guzman before he got the maximum sentence, apologizing for his actions and acknowledging he had made mistakes.

02/05/2014

Christopher Truman (Credit: Porter County Sheriff)

Indiana Man Convicted Of Molesting Four Boys

As Porter County Superior Judge Mary Harper read each guilty verdict, the 39-year-old Portage man raised his eyebrows in apparent disbelief as the victims’ families and his family both showed tears.

12/20/2013

Montago Suggs (Credit: Kenosha County Sheriff)

Man Gets 110 Years For 2007 Murder Of Store Clerk

Montago Suggs, of Kenosha, was convicted of killing 22-year-old Melinda “Mindy” Morrell, of Round Lake Park, during a robbery in Waukegan.

12/10/2013

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Blagojevich Defense Team Files Final Brief On Appeal

Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.

12/03/2013

Gerald Rufus (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Gets 60 Years For Killing Girlfriend In 2010

Gerald Rufus, 31, was previously convicted by a jury of two counts of first-degree murder for the death of 23-year-old Theresa Russell.

11/07/2013

Sandra Lopez (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Woman Convicted In 1999 Home Invasion

The former fugitive, who fled the country for El Salvador after being charged, was found guilty of three counts of home invasion and two counts of armed robbery.

10/25/2013

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Gary Man Convicted Of Killing Stranger Who Gave Him A Ride Home

Robert Lewis III, 40, was convicted of murder, murder in perpetration of criminal deviate conduct, criminal deviate conduct and resisting law enforcement in the beating and strangulation death of Jennifer Kocsis, 37.

10/11/2013

Christopher Harris

Third Man Convicted In Murder Of Chicago Police Officer

A Cook County jury convicted the gunman in the fatal drive-by shooting of Chicago Police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez of murder and attempted murder after nearly seven hours of deliberation late Wednesday night

10/10/2013

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Ealy Gets Life In Prison For Killing Burger King Manager

James Ealy strangled Mary Hutchinson, a 45-year-old wife and mother, after forcing her to open the safe as she was preparing to open the former Burger King store in Lindenhurst.

10/09/2013

Stanley Wrice (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Convicted Rapist’s Appeal Will Stay In Cook County

Stanley Wrice has claimed he was tortured into a false confession and his attorneys have subpoenaed former Mayor Richard M. Daley to testify in a post-conviction appeal.

09/27/2013

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Ex-Naperville Police Commander Gets 18 Months For Embezzlement

James S. Bedell served 23 years as a Naperville police officer, and later became chief of police in downstate Edwardsville, where he embezzled nearly $140,000 from city coffers to bankroll a gambling addiction.

09/20/2013

Stanley Wrice (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Convict Who Claims Police Torture Wants Case Moved Out Of Cook County

Lawyers for a man who has spent 31 years in prison for a rape he claims he did not commit have requested the case be moved out of Cook County, after the judge hearing the politically-charged case recused herself.

09/11/2013

Jesus Zambrano (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Second Man Convicted Of 2009 Killing In Joliet

A jury deliberated for about six hours before finding Jesus Zambrano, 23, guilty of one count of first-degree murder for killing Robert Gooch on May 22, 2009.

08/21/2013

Jereme Richmond (Credit: Lake County)

Former Illini Basketball Player Convicted Of Threatening Probation Officer

The harassment charges resulted from alleged verbal threats and shooting gestures Jereme Richmond made after he became upset when his probation officer wouldn’t let him take a make-up drug test instead of requiring him to appear in cour

08/09/2013

Timothy Moore (left) and Cortez Lyons (right) were convicted of armed robbery and aggravated criminal sexual assault in the 2006 rape and robbery of three teenage girls in Maywood. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Two Men Get 120 Years For 2006 Rape, Robbery Of Teen Girls

Cortez Lyons, 25, and Timothy Moore, 26, were charged with armed robbery and aggravated criminal sexual assault for the attack on three teens in a Maywood alley in 2006.

08/08/2013

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