Lake County judge rules mentally ill man is guilty of murder

Many folks in Lake County may remember the violent attack that left a Vernon Hills woman dead in April 2010. The woman had been beaten to death with a baseball bat by her daughter’s boyfriend.

After the man’s case went to trial last month, a Lake County judge ruled that the man who had killed the woman was mentally ill when the attack happened. However, the judge also concluded earlier this week that the man was not insane. The 24-year-old Deerfield man was found guilty of first-degree murder and he will be sentenced for the crime within the next few weeks.

The Deerfield man who was accused of killing the woman suffers from several different types of mental illnesses, but a judge concluded that these illnesses are not severe enough to make the defendant legally insane. Since the attack, the defendant has been diagnosed with a personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette ‘s Syndrome.

The man had attacked his girlfriend’s mother two years ago after he was told by his girlfriend’s mother that he could no longer date her daughter. Defense attorneys argued that the man was not in a sane state of mind when he attacked his girlfriend’s mother, and the defendant did plead not guilty by reason of insanity. However, a judge determined that the man was not insane, but instead enraged when he drove to his girlfriend’s mother’s house and hit the woman with a baseball bat.

As a result of the guilty, but mentally ill verdict, the man could be sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison. The maximum sentence the man faces is life in prison. After announcing the verdict this week, the judge also noted that the man can seek help for his mental health problems from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Source: Lake County News-Sun, “Judge finds Deerfield man guilty, but mentally ill in Vernon Hills murder,” Beth Kramer, Nov. 6, 2012

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