Friday, November 30, 2012
The convicted quadruple-killer got a quick start to his new life behind bars.
Will County didn't waste any time ridding themselves of Christopher Vaughn, packing the man who executed his entire family off to prison the day after his sentencing. Vaughn, 38, was shipped up to Stateville Correctional Center to start serving the four life sentences handed down by Judge Daniel Rozak on Tuesday. According to Department of Corrections Records, the former Oswego resident made it to Stateville Wednesday. Vaughn declined to make a statement at his sentencing hearing and sat stone-faced as Rozak told him he would never get out of prison alive. Vaughn's father-in-law, Del Phillips, later said he had hoped Vaughn "would open up and say why" he killed his wife, Kimberly Vaughn, and three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Drew Peterson media circus prevented Vaughn from getting a fair trial, his lawyer said, and the wife-killer's attorneys didn't help things either.
First, he killed one wife, then he was named a suspect in the disappearance of another, and now Drew Peterson's very existence has mucked up Christopher Vaughn's murder trial, the Oswego man's lawyer said Monday. Vaughn's lawyer, George Lenard, said the specter of Drew Peterson hanging over the Vaughn case is just one of the reasons his convicted quadruple-killer client needs a new trial. Besides the problem with Peterson, whose own murder trial was taking place in the courtroom next-door to Vaughn's in August and September, Lenard claimed Vaughn's case was corrupted when prosecutors succeeded in "indoctrinating" one of the jurors. Lenard also said a prosecutor insulted him during the closing arguments and he accused the jury of "improper …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The sheriff's department gave Patch the list of Drew Peterson's visitors. Who's been dropping by the jail to see the accused wife killer? Not his mom.
See the full list of approved visitors for Drew Peterson here. Patch obtained the list of approved visitors for Drew Peterson at the Will County jail, as well as an account of each person to see him since his May 2009 arrest on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Patch asked for the lists in June, but the sheriff's department refused to give them up. Sheriff's officials said doing so not only would constitute an invasion of privacy for those who wanted to visit Peterson but would pose a security risk for the jail. That's right—a security risk! Because once people figured out who's allowed to visit Peterson, they could "impersonate one of those on the list, thereby bypassing or circumventing the security of the (Will County…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
“In all my relationships, I treated my partners like gold and spoiled them, which was probably a big mistake on my part,” Peterson wrote in one.
You can lock Drew Peterson up for years, but you can’t stop him from sweet-talking the ladies on the outside. Peterson, the 58-year-old former Bolingbrook cop, accused killer and serial marrier charged with murdering one wife and suspected by the Illinois State Police of having a hand in another's disappearance, sent love letters from jail to a 26-year-old DuPage County woman throughout the spring of 2010. “Hello my love,” Peterson wrote to the young woman in one of the letters recently given to Patch. “I really miss you and keep dreaming about holding you … “You still got my heart and I hope you still (have) mine.” The lovestruck Peterson’s letters, all written in pencil on lined notebook paper, depict visions of romance, freedom from the…
Monday, January 3, 2011
A 21-year-old Aurora man picked up a new felony charge after bag of suspected alcohol was found in jail.
A 21-year-old Aurora man is facing a new felony charge after corrections officers found a bag of suspected homemade alcohol in the Kendall County jail Sunday morning. Corrections officers found the bag about 9:50 a.m. during pod inspections, according to a news release. Jaquarance Charles Handley, 21, of the 500 block of Summit Street, Aurora, was charged with unlawful possession of contraband in a penal institution after an investigation revealed he was in possession of the bag, according to the news release. The charge is a Class 4 felony, which typically is punishable with probation or up to three years in prison. Sheriff's police believe Handley made the alcohol in jail, sheriff's spokesman Craig French said.