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  • Naperville Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Indecent Solicitation of a Child/Possession of Child Pornography

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Naperville man has been sentenced to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for attempting to meet underage girls through the Internet for sexual encounters.
    Posted Date: 11/19/2014
  • West Chicago Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that Javier Rocha-Sosa, 32 (d.o.b. 6/29/1982) of West Chicago has been sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for sexually abusing the twelve year-old daughter of a friend of his.
    Posted Date: 11/18/2014
  • Chicago Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Accosting Former Girlfriend

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Namar Davis, 25 (d.o.b. 10/15/1989) of 911 N. LeClaire St. Chicago, has been sentenced to eighteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for physically assaulting his former girlfriend, Davina Ware, while armed with a handgun.
    Posted Date: 11/17/2014
  • Chicago Man First to be Found Guilty of Violating State’s RICO Law

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that late Friday evening, a jury found Terrance Steele, 36 (d.o.b. 12/14/1977) of 1634 North Parkside, Chicago guilty of heroin possession and sales charges following a six-month-long investigation into an alleged drug ring operating in Cook and DuPage Counties. In addition, the jury also found Steele guilty of violating the State’s new Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Law (RICO.)
    Posted Date: 11/17/2014
  • Jury Finds Joseph Spitalli Guilty of First Degree Murder/Aggravated Kidnapping

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a jury has found Joseph Spitalli, 36 (d.o.b. 5/31/1978) of Darien, guilty of first degree murder in the death of then thirty-one year-old Teymur Huseynli, of Skokie. The jury also found Spitalli guilty of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, Kristina Baltrimaviciene, 28, also of Darien.
    Posted Date: 11/07/2014
  • State’s Attorney’s Office to Assist with Election Day Concerns

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that his office will again be assisting with the Election Day process.
    Posted Date: 11/04/2014
  • Bond Set at $ 5 Million Full Cash For Man Accused of Hate Crime/Vandalizing Synagogue

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that charges have been filed against John White, 40 (d.o.b. 9/3/1974) of 13 Tartan Lakes Drive, Westmont, for smashing windows and vandalizing the Etz Chaim Synagogue located at 1710 South Highland Avenue in Lombard.
    Posted Date: 10/24/2014
  • Carol Stream Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault/Child Pornography

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that Joel Augustine, 36 (d.o.b. 6/11/1978) of Thornhill Drive, Carol Stream has been sentenced to 35 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for sexually abusing and taking lewd photographs of a young girl.
    Posted Date: 10/23/2014
  • Supplying Fatal Dose of Heroin to Friend Nets Summit Woman Nine Years

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Mark Field, Chief of the Wheaton Police Department, announced today that Jennifer Nere, 34 (d.o.b. 12/12/1979) of Summit, has been sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for supplying what proved to be a fatal dose of heroin to a friend, 31 year-old Augustina Taylor of Wheaton.
    Posted Date: 10/15/2014
  • Theft Nets High School Booster 75 Days Behind Bars

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Dorothy “Dee” Horky, 59 (d.o.b. 6/07/1955) of Carol Stream, has been sentenced to seventy-five days in the DuPage County Jail  for stealing more than $10,000 from the Wheaton North Booster Club (WNBC) where she once served as president.
    Posted Date: 09/29/2014
  • Bond Set for Caretaker Charged with Financial Exploitation of Woman on Hospice Care

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a Chicago woman charged with stealing from two DuPage County women, one of which was a Winfield woman confined to hospice care in her home.
    Posted Date: 09/18/2014
  • Brookfield Man Sentenced to Sixteen Years in Residential Burglary

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Paul Maior, 48 (d.o.b. 5/22/1966) of 4623 S. Dubois, Brookfield, has been sentenced to sixteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) after pleading guilty to burglarizing a Glen Ellyn home. 

    Posted Date: 09/15/2014
  • Former Ray Graham Association Employee Accused of Theft from Residents

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that charges have been filed against a Chicago woman accused of stealing Illinois Link Cards from two disabled residents of the Ray Graham Association.
    Posted Date: 09/10/2014
  • Four Individuals Face Heroin Trafficking Charges

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that felony drug trafficking charges have been filed against four individuals as the result of a multi-agency investigation into drug sales in the United States.
    Posted Date: 08/01/2014
  • Glendale Heights Man Sentenced to Seventeen Years for Soliciting the Murders of His Relatives

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Matthew Olszewski, 24 (d.o.b. 07/15/1990) of 1594 Glen Ellyn Road, Glendale Heights, has been sentenced to seventeen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for soliciting the murders of three of his relatives.
    Posted Date: 07/21/2014
  • West Chicago Teen Sentenced to Eighteen Years for Sexual Assault

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a West Chicago teen has been sentenced to eighteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for sexually assaulting a minor female relative.
    Posted Date: 07/14/2014
  • Illinois State Police Recognizes Two Assistant State’s Attorneys

    A pair of veteran DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorneys were honored today by the Illinois State Police in recognition of their outstanding work on a six-month-long investigation into an alleged drug ring operating in Cook and DuPage Counties.
    Posted Date: 06/26/2014
  • Bond Set for Two Chicago Men Charged With Promoting Juvenile Prostitution

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Aurora Chief of Police Gregory Thomas announced today that bond has been set for two Chicago men charged with arranging sexual encounters for men with underage girls.
    Posted Date: 06/23/2014
  • Directed Verdict Finding By Federal Judge Clears DuPage County Deputy Sheriff

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that allegations of the use of excessive force against DuPage County Deputy Sheriff Tracy Reed have been dismissed by a federal court after a directed verdict of not guilty by Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman
    Posted Date: 06/13/2014
  • Bond Set at $500,000 for Downers Grove Family Practice Physician Accused of Dissemination and Possession of Child Pornography

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Downers Grove Chief of Police Robert A. Porter announced today bond has been set for a Downers Grove physician charged with dissemination and possession of child pornography.
    Posted Date: 05/30/2014
  • Bail Set at $500,000 For Bolingbrook Man Accused of Fatal DUI

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Mark Field, Chief of the Wheaton Police Department announced today that a Bolingbrook man has been charged in a fatal crash in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 17, that claimed the life of one of the passengers in his vehicle
    Posted Date: 05/20/2014
  • Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to Ten Years for Possession of Child Pornography

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced that yesterday afternoon a registered sex offender was sentenced to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for possessing images and videos containing child pornography.
    Posted Date: 05/13/2014
  • Willowbrook Man Guilty of First Degree Murder

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a jury has found Juan Cuellar, 25 (d.o.b. 12/20/1988) of Willowbrook, guilty of First Degree Murder in the shooting death of eighteen year-old Joshua Holmes, also of Willowbrook.
    Posted Date: 04/29/2014
  • Second of Three Schaumburg Police Officers Accused of Operating Drug Ring Sentenced to Twenty-Six Years

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration Jack Riley announced today that former Schaumburg police officer Matthew Hudak, 30 (d.o.b. 7/21/1983) of 1870 Broadsmore Dr., Algonquin, has been sentenced to twenty-six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for his role in an alleged drug ring operating in Cook and DuPage Counties. 
    Posted Date: 04/29/2014
  • Carol Stream Woman Pleads Guilty to stealing More Than $10,000 From High School Booster Club

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Dorothy “Dee” Horky, 58 (d.o.b. 6/07/1955) of Carol Stream, has entered a blind plea of guilty to stealing more than $10,000 from the Wheaton North Booster Club (WNBC) where she once served as president.
    Posted Date: 04/24/2014
  • Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Trial of Carol Stream Man Accused of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault/Child Pornography

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a jury has found Joel Augustine, 35 (d.o.b. 6/11/1978) of Thornhill Drive, Carol Stream, guilty of sexually abusing and taking lewd photographs of a young girl.
    Posted Date: 04/22/2014
  • Mt. Sterling Man Sentenced to Twenty-Two Years in Residential Burglary

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today Steve Mantucca, 51 (d.o.b. 9/16/1962) of Mt. Sterling, Illinois, has been sentenced to twenty-two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for burglarizing a Downers Grove home in June, 2012.
    Posted Date: 04/18/2014
  • Former Addison Woman Sentenced to Seven Years for Stabbing Infant Son in Neck

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Sameera Samreen, 30 (d.o.b. 12/1/1983) formerly of Addison, has been sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for stabbing her three-year-old son in the neck.
    Posted Date: 04/14/2014
  • Local Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children Hosts Special Memorial Meeting

    In recognition of National Crime Victims Week, DuPage County and Beyond Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) held a special meeting last night to honor the lives of those taken suddenly through murder or reckless homicide.
    Posted Date: 04/11/2014
  • Former Limo Driver Pleads Guilty to DUI While on Duty

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that Richard Madison, a former limousine driver charged with transporting nearly two dozen Oswego High School students to prom while drunk, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.
    Posted Date: 04/03/2014
  • Former Youth Ministry Leader Charged With Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a former youth ministry leader at the Community Fellowship Church in West Chicago has been charged with three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, (Class 2 Felony) for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with two underage girls.
    Posted Date: 04/02/2014
  • Bond Set at $ 5 Million For Man Accused of Aurora Murder

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that First Degree Murder charges have been filed against Jose Loera, 35 (d.o.b. 5/24/1978) of 3845 Gabrielle Lane, Aurora, for the  murder of 32 year-old Heather Jacobi, of the 100 block of Gregory Lane, Aurora.
    Posted Date: 03/31/2014
  • Third Man Charged in Tobacco Store Murder Held Without Bond

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that bond has been denied for a third man charged in the murder of Bensenville tobacco store employee Hussein Saghir.
    Posted Date: 03/28/2014
  • Bellwood Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Battery with a Firearm in Tobacco Store Murder

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that Kenneth Bardlett, 20, (d.o.b. 10/20/1993) of 49th Avenue, Bellwood, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, a Class X Felony, for his role in the murder of Hussein Saghir.
    Posted Date: 03/27/2014
  • Bond Set for Man Accused of Road Rage Shooting

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a man accused of opening fire on another automobile following a traffic altercation late last week.
    Posted Date: 03/26/2014
  • Beauty Salon Robber Sentenced to Fourteen Years

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, announced today that Jason Logsdon, 42 (d.o.b. 11/24/1971) of 900 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, has been sentenced to fourteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for robbing four DuPage County businesses in late 2012 and early 2013.
    Posted Date: 03/24/2014
  • Chicago Man Found Guilty Drug Induced Homicide

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Judge Blanche Hill Fawell has found Malcolm Brown, 25 (d.o.b. 3/27/1988) of Chicago, guilty of one count of Drug Induced Homicide in the heroin overdose death of Stephen Briston of Wheaton.
    Posted Date: 03/24/2014
  • One of Three Schaumburg Police Officers Accused of Operating Drug Ring Sentenced to Twenty-Four Years

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration Jack Riley announced today that former Schaumburg police officer Terrance O’Brien, 47 (d.o.b. 10/7/1966) of 1417 E. Joyce, Palatine, has been sentenced to twenty four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in an alleged drug ring operating in Cook and DuPage Counties.
    Posted Date: 03/21/2014
  • Roselle Man Charged With Child Pornography

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert. B. Berlin announced today bond has been set for a Roselle man accused of possessing child pornography.
    Posted Date: 03/19/2014
  • Carol Stream Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Murder of Wife

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Clifford Bolden, 38 (d.o.b. 1/9/1976) of 655 E. Gunderson, Carol Stream, has been sentenced to 35 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the 2011 stabbing death of his wife Hope Taylor.
    Posted Date: 03/07/2014
  • Appellate Court Affirms Conviction in 2009 Jealousy Murder

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that the Second District Appellate Court has affirmed the First Degree Murder conviction of Luis Villavicencio-Serna, 23 (d.o.b. 9/8/1990) for the 2009 murder of Armando Huerta, Jr., 18, of Addison.
    Posted Date: 03/07/2014
  • Fugitive Sentenced in Absentia in 2006 Taken into Custody

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a former Chicago man who was sentenced in absentia to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections has been apprehended.
    Posted Date: 03/04/2014
  • Bond Set at $1 Million for Texas Man Charged in 1999 Sexual Assault of an Elderly Woman

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a Texas man accused of forcing his way into an elderly woman’s home and sexually assaulting her in 1999.
    Posted Date: 03/03/2014
  • Former Wheaton College Professor Sentenced to 42 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert. B. Berlin announced today that Donald Ratcliff, 62 (d.o.b. 4/6/1951), of 2S 557 Continental Drive, Warrenville, has been sentenced to 42 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections for possessing child pornography.
    Posted Date: 02/25/2014
  • Mississippi Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years for Criminal Sexual Assault

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Anthony Pegues, 44 (d.o.b. 11/12/1969) of Myrtle, Mississippi, has been sentenced to fifteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for having sex with the minor child of his former girlfriend.
    Posted Date: 02/18/2014
  • Bond Set for Westmont Man Charged in Armed Robbery of Aldi Grocery Store

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Lisle Chief of Police David Anderson announced today that bond has been set for a Westmont man charged with Armed Robbery for allegedly robbing a Lisle Aldi grocery store at gunpoint.
    Posted Date: 02/07/2014
  • Chicago Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Drug Induced Homicide

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Judge Blanche Hill Fawell has sentenced Malcolm Brown, 26 (d.o.b. 3/27/1988) of 2723 W. Lexington, Chicago, to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in the heroin overdose death of Stephen Briston of Wheaton.
    Posted Date: 01/29/2014
  • Bond Set at $150,000 for Trucker Accused in Fatal Crash

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a man accused of crashing his semi-trailer into several vehicles causing the death of an Illinois tollway worker and severely injuring an Illinois State Trooper, Douglas Baulder.
    Posted Date: 01/29/2014
  • Warrenville Man Sentenced To Six Years In Fatal DUI

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Karlos Leath, 32 (d.o.b. 9/26/1981) of 29W538 Country Ridge Drive, Warrenville has been sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a fatal DUI crash that claimed the life of a passenger in his vehicle, Stephanie Pickett, also of Warrenville.

    Posted Date: 01/15/2014
  • Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Chicago Man for Allegedly Shooting at Police Officer

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a man accused of pointing a gun at a Bensenville police officer and pulling the trigger. 
    Posted Date: 01/10/2014
  • Retrial Nets Naperville Man Accused of Predatory Sexual Assault/Child Pornography 34 Years

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that for a second time, Grant Gambiani, 30 (d.o.b. 6/13/1983) formerly of Naperville, has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections for sexually abusing and taking lewd photographs of a young male relative.
    Posted Date: 01/10/2014