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Michael King (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Convicted Of Role In Killing 5 People In 2008

Michael King was involved in the quintuple execution-style murders, a Cook County jury ruled Thursday, siding with prosecutors who maintained that King was with Torolan Williams — his “right-hand” man — when the victims were shot in the head on April 23, 2008.

07/18/2014

Maricela Arciga (Booking Photo)

Aurora Woman Convicted In Murder-For-Hire Case

On Thursday, 12 Kane County jurors agreed that Maricela Arciga of Aurora wanted her ex-boyfriend dead, and that she paid a hit man to do it. That hit man was actually special agent David Gomez of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who had been tipped-off about the murder for hire.

07/18/2014

D'andre Howard. (Police Photo)

Man Guilty In 2009 Murder Of Ex-Fiancée’s Family

Jurors found 26-year-old D’Andre Howard guilty of murdering the father, sister and grandmother of his ex-fiancé, Amanda Engelhardt in 2009.

06/03/2014

Convicted serial killer Nicholas Sheley (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Man Convicted Of Killing 4 With Hammer

A man serving life sentences for two killings was convicted Thursday in the deaths of four others who were fatally beaten with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment.

05/30/2014

Torolan Williams (Credit: Chicago Police)

Jury Convicts Man Of Killing 5 In 2008

Torolan Williams, 28, killed the victims with the help of his cohort Michael King on April 23, 2008, prosecutors said. Earlier this week, Williams’ high school friend and accomplice testified against him.

05/23/2014

Jose Rebollar-Vergara (Booking Photo)

Man Convicted In Round Lake Beach Murder

One of the final images jurors saw in the murder trial of Jose Rebollar-Vergara was videotape of victim Gabriel Gonzalez, fatally shot, falling down in front of a Round Lake Beach convenience store, trying to access his cell phone and struggling to his feet before he collapsed and died.

05/05/2014

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

Former Rezko Partner Gets Probation For Stealing $500K From Mother

Daniel Mahru helped the feds convict both political fundraiser and former business partner Tony Rezko and former Illinois Finance Agency chief Ali Ata after prosecutors learned in 2005 that he’d taken money from his mother while she suffered from dementia.

05/02/2014

Juan M. Cuellar (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

Man Convicted Of ‘Senseless’ 2012 Murder

Juan Cuellar of Willowbrook faces 45 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him Tuesday of the September 2012 shooting death of a Hinsdale South High School graduate. Sentencing is May 28.

04/30/2014

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

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