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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, February 10, 2020

Cicero Man Who Ran Over His Girlfriend Sentenced to 20 Years Behind Bars

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Cicero man accused of intentionally running over his girlfriend, Yesenia Rodriguez, in a Yorktown Mall parking lot in the summer of 2018 has been sentenced to twenty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Jose Aguirre, 47 (d.o.b. 11/15/1970), appeared in court this morning in front of Judge Brian Telander, who handed down the sentence. On August 29, 2018, Aguirre appeared in Bond court where he was denied bond. He has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.
            On Monday, August 27, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Yesenia was walking across the Yorktown parking lot on her way to work. As she was walking, Aguirre drove his Ford Expedition toward her and struck her with the vehicle, completely running her over with both the front and rear driver’s side tires of the vehicle. Aguirre then fled the scene in the vehicle. Yesenia suffered numerous injuries including injuries to her spine, hip bone and jaw bone. An investigation led by the Lombard Police Department led to Aguirre who was taken into custody the following day. Through the course of their investigation, authorities learned that Aguirre had sent numerous texts to Yesenia threatening her safety including “You’re going to die this week,” “You’ll pay for this and with blood” and “I’m going to kill you.” Yesenia continues to recover from her injuries.
            “In August 2018, Mr. Aguirre used his vehicle as a weapon and attempted to kill Yesenia by running her over” Berlin said. “Every day in the United States, domestic violence claims countless victims, many of whom carry their physical and emotional scars with them for the rest of their lives. We are all thankful that Yesenia survived this horrific attack and wish her the best as she continues to recover both physically and emotionally. Mr. Aguirre’s outrageous actions that morning have certainly earned him every minute of his twenty-year sentence. I would like to thank Assistant State's Attorneys Mike Fisher and Patrick Miner for their work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Aguirre that ultimately led to today’s sentence."           
            Aguirre will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.