In the Courts: Geneva House Burglary, Carpentersville Weapons, Elgin Identity Theft and More
Here’s a roundup of Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news releases from Friday, Feb. 10, through Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.
GENEVA MAN GETS PRISON FOR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY
Feb. 23, 2017
A Geneva man will go to prison for two unrelated burglaries, the second of which involved a stabbing and was committed while he was free on bond for the first.
Ronald D. Anderson, 44, of the 300 block of Brittany Court, Geneva, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, to a sentence of 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, and burglary, a Class 2 felony.
Associate Judge Linda S. Abrahamson accepted the plea.
Kane County prosecutors presented evidence that at about 8:40 a.m. Oct. 2, 2015, Anderson took electrical wire from trucks belonging to an electrical contractor that were parked in the 1700 block of Randall Road in Geneva. The contractors saw Anderson rummaging through the trucks, and saw electrical wire in Anderson’s truck that he had taken from their trucks. Anderson was arrested and charged with burglary. Anderson posted $1,500 bond and was released.
At about 11:30 p.m. March 18, 2016, while he was free on bond, Anderson, with his face concealed by a mask, unlawfully entered the garage of a home in the 300 block of Cape Way, Geneva. The resident heard noises in the garage and went to investigate. The resident saw Anderson holding a bag of tools that belonged to the resident. Anderson also had brought his dog.
The resident confronted Anderson, who dropped the tools and attempted to flee. The resident chased Anderson and tackled him the driveway. Anderson stabbed the resident about his body multiple times, and Anderson’s dog bit the resident on the leg. Anderson then fled, leaving the dog behind.
According to Illinois law, Anderson is eligible for day for day credit. He was given credit for 341 days served in the Kane County jail.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Lori Anderson.
CAPENTERSVILLE MAN WITH LENGTHY CRIMINAL HISTORY CONVICTED OF ANOTHER WEAPONS VIOLATION
Feb. 23, 2017
A Carpentersville man with a long history of convictions for drug offenses and other violent crimes has been convicted for unlawfully possessing a handgun.
Chad W. Conway, 37, of Carpentersville and most recently of the 11000 block of Oxbow Drive, Roscoe, was convicted late Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, by a Kane County jury of armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Mark D. Stajdohar and Kelley V. Flinn presented evidence that at about 3:30 a.m. March 21, 2015, Conway went to a home in the 1700 block of Papoose Road, Carpentersville, and placed a handgun and later a wad of cash on the kitchen table. One other adult was present in the kitchen and two children were asleep in the home.
he victim, the mother of the children, entered the kitchen and confronted Conway about the handgun, a Ruger Blackhawk .357 magnum revolver. She placed the gun in a drawer, told Conway to leave, and then took a $20 bill from Conway for her troubles. Conway retrieved the gun and fired it at a kitchen wall, then demanded she return his money. She took another $20 bill for damage to her wall, and Conway fired another shot.
Both bullets went through the kitchen wall and outside toward the street. Conway then grabbed the victim by the throat, placed the muzzle of the gun to her forehead, and forced her into the living room and onto the couch. He then called to the victim’s children to “come watch your mother die.”
The confrontation ended a short time later, Conway left the home and the victim called 911.
Conway was prohibited from possessing the gun because of his prior convictions, which include cocaine delivery, aggravated battery, domestic battery, unlawful possession of a weapon, battery and aggravated assault.
Associate Judge Linda S. Abrahamson set Conway’s next court appearance for 2 p.m. April 26, 2017, for motions and sentencing. Conway faces a sentence of between six and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Conway faces an extended prison term because of his criminal history.
Conway remains in custody at the Kane County jail, where he had been held since his arrest in lieu of $250,000 bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.
CHICAGO WOMAN GETS PRISON FOR FINANCIAL CRIMES
DEFENDANT COMMITS SECOND OFFENSE WHILE ON BOND FOR FIRST OFFENSE
Feb. 14, 2017
A Chicago woman has been sent to prison for attempting to use – and later using – personal identifying information to steal money from two victims.
Tiffany R. Marsh, 32, of the 1500 block of West Huron Street, Chicago, and also of Berwyn, on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, agreed to a sentence of seven years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to identity theft, a Class 2 felony, and forgery, a Class 3 felony.
Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr., accepted the plea.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Dawn Troost stated at the plea hearing that on July 8, 2015, Marsh entered a Chase Bank branch in Elgin and attempted to withdraw $6,500 from the victim’s account. Marsh filled out a withdrawal slip and fraudulently signed the victim’s name. Marsh had personal identifying information about the victim but did not know the victim. Bank employees were suspicious and called police. Marsh was arrested as she tried to leave the bank.
On Oct. 21, 2015, while Marsh was free on bond from the July 8 incident, she entered a Citibank branch in North Aurora and, using stolen personal identifying information, withdrew $6,950 from a second victim’s account. Marsh did not know the victim.
As part of the plea agreement, Marsh must pay restitution in the amount of $6,950.
According to Illinois law, Marsh is eligible for day-for-day credit. She was given credit for 300 days served in custody.
FORMER CARPENTERSVILLE MAN FACES 11 LIFE SENTENCES FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CHILDREN
BROTHER WAS CONVICTED, SENTENCED IN 2006 FOR SIMILAR OFFENSES
Feb. 10, 2017
A former Carpentersville man whose brother was convicted 11 years ago for sexually assaulting three children will live out his life in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting the same three children.
Robert E. Craig, 48, of the 600 block of Hampshire Drive, Hampshire and formerly of Carpentersville, was convicted late Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, by a Kane County jury, of 11 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, each a Class X felony, and six counts of criminal sexual abuse, each a Class 2 felony.
The jurors deliberated for about five hours before reaching their verdict.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Lori Schmidt and Reagan McGuire presented evidence that multiple times between 1999 and 2010 Craig sexually assaulted the three victims, who are siblings. All were younger than 13 years old. The assaults took place in Carpentersville.
During that same time, Craig’s brother, Richard E. Craig, 56 (d.o.b. 1-16-1961), also of Carpentersville, sexually assaulted the children. He was charged in 2005, pleaded guilty in 2006 to predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
In 2014 one of the victims disclosed to a school counselor that in addition to being sexually assaulted by Richard Craig, she also had been sexually assaulted by Robert Craig. The counselor reported the disclosure to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services and a new investigation was opened.
Circuit Judge John A Barsanti set Robert Craig’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. March 9, 2017, for motions and to set a sentencing date. Craig faces 11 consecutive mandatory natural life sentences.
Craig remains in the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $150,000 bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.
“The horrific facts about the Craig brothers’ actions came to light because someone made a report to DCFS on behalf of these three victims. I cannot stress enough the importance of making a report when someone suspects such abuse. Anyone can make a report. Child sex abuse victims deserve justice, and I’m so pleased these victims have received it. They have shown tremendous courage throughout this process, coming back to court 11 years later to again fight for justice,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.
“My thanks to the counselor who called DCFS, and to the Child Advocacy Center team of Investigator Tim Bosshart and Assistant State’s Attorneys Lori Schmidt and Reagan Pittman for their diligent work in this case.
“Robert and Richard Craig are child predators. Their crimes stole a normal childhood from these children. Their place is not in a civilized society but prison. And after that they both will have one more judgment to face.”