Juvenile killers sentenced to life allowed re-sentencing



A Quad City mother is angry over the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling calling for the re-sentencing of inmates now in prison for life for crimes they committed when they were juveniles.

Dora Larson has been crying all day. Scott Darnell, the man who raped and murdered her little girl more than 30 years ago, is one of about 100 inmates who will now be re-sentenced, with the possibility of a shorter prison term.

“We fought for so long to keep Darnell behind bars, and now with the Supreme Court decision, he’s going to be re-sentenced and we’ll have to go through it all again,” she said through tears, her hands trembling.

Vicky Larson was 10 years old when she was abducted in the small town of Andover, Illinois in 1979. Darnell, who was 15 at the time, had dug a grave to hide her body, before the crime.

Henry County States Attorney Terry Patton called the ruling horrible for the victim’s families.

“When does the nightmare ever end for the victims? This crime was not a youthful indiscretion, an immature bad decision. He abducted this little girl, he raped her, he murdered her, he buried her in a hole that he had dug before the crime. This is not a crime of immaturity, this is a crime of pure evil. He needs to stay in prison for the rest of his life,” Patton said.

Darnell is now a 50-year old prison inmate. Larson, who works tirelessly as a crime victim’s advocate, says the thought of having to face him in court again is “torture”.
“It’s so painful, it’s like going back to the original trial. Darnell, he’s wired wrong. He wasn’t a child. He’s a murderer and he had a long criminal history,” she said.

“But, I will do everything in my power to make sure he doesn’t get out. It’s the last thing I can do for Vicky,” she said.

Prosecutors will be able to offer up aggravating factors at the upcoming re-sentencings to convince judges to hand down life sentences the second time around.

“Scott Darnell is not going to walk out a free man. There’s no way that’s going to happen. We are going to fight to do everything we have to do, so that when the judge exercises his discretion, the evidence clearly justifies a life sentence,” Patton said.

Illinois is one of several states, including Iowa which has taken its cue from a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which found life sentences in the case of juveniles in some cases “cruel and unusual” punishment.

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A previous article on the murder of Dora’s daughter Victoria Joelle Larson, Born February 8, 1969 – Killed July 12, 1979 Read crime victim blog post and comments at: The TimesUpBlog entitled A Terrible Case of GOOD vs. EVIL

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Citizens Against Homicide Celebrity Bill Cosby and Friends

CAH Celebrity speaker and friends Bill Cosby


Comedian Bill Cosby and Lacey Gaines’ Aunt Cherry (speaker on DV also President of Support for Homicide Survivors) and Lacey’s Uncle Larry Simpson, with CAH board member Mary Eugene friend to DeAnna Lynn Johnson

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Union: Crowding to blame for Ill. prison assault

By JOHN O’CONNOR — AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Overcrowding in Illinois’ prisons – including inmates sleeping in penitentiary gymnasiums – contributed to the assault of a female prison guard at Danville Correctional Center, an employees’ union said Friday.

The woman was attacked about 2 a.m. Thursday when an inmate lured her into a laundry area and assaulted her, according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Another inmate stopped the attack when responding to the victim’s screams, the union said.

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2013/05/03/2603193/danville-prison-guard-assaulted.html#storylink=cpy

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House votes to treat most 17-year-old felons as juveniles

Illinois is raising its adult age for most criminals to 18 from 17. While I am mostly okay with this, while having mixed feelings, it does appear that the worst most violent felons can still be tried as adults at 17, as with any teen down to age 13 depending on the facts of the crime.

Says Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins of FB Group The National Organization of Victims of “Juvenile Lifers” and http://www.teenkillers.org/index.php/juvenile-lifers/psychopathology-teen-killers/


Our Executive Director and Founder Dora Larson own daughter was murdered by a teen killer. http://www.teenkillers.org/index.php/memorials/illinois-victims/victoria-larson/

Read more about Illinois Cases here: http://www.teenkillers.org/index.php/legislation/illinois/illinois-jlwop-cases/


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In Memory of De Anna Lynn Johnson

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If you have any information regarding the murders of de Anna Lynn Johnson or Shirley Pratt please contact: Vacaville Police dept: Sergeant Lydon at (707) 449-5236; Butte County Sheriff: Sergeant Nicodemus at (530) 538-6757.

De Anna Lynn Johnson

In July 2010, Mary began her quest to find the person responsible for viciously murdering her best friend De Anna Lynn Johnson in 1982 in Vacaville, California when they were only 14 years old. For almost 30 years now, she has never been able to grasp the concept that any human being could be so vile as to kill another human being, let alone an innocent child. And on that fateful day in Vacaville when that beautiful, bubbly and vivacious little girl was forever taken from her family and friends, the incident shook the town to the core. However, there was not enough concern for someone to come forward and remove a dangerous person(s) from the streets and possibly prevent this from happening to someone else. Since 1982, the murder of De Anna Johnson has remained unsolved and the killer continues to walk among us. To read more click here…http://justthefactsmag.com/for-every-storm-a-rainbow/

Here is a recent update:

In Memory of De Anna Johnson

Billboard touts reward in Vacaville case


Gone but not forgotten is the message that friends of DeAnna Lynn Johnson wish to send with purple ribbons placed around Vacaville and a prominent billboard on what would have been her 45th birthday.

The mystery surrounding 14-year-old’s death on Nov. 16, 1982 remains one of the city’s few unsolved homicides and one that friends, such as former classmate Mary Borchers want to make sure are not forgotten.

It’s for that reason that Borchers and others, armed with purple ribbons, took to the streets Sunday and canvassed the city with the teen’s favorite color.

The following day, an even larger visual reminder went up along the Interstate 80 corridor near Mason Street in Vacaville. The billboard, which included DeAnna’s picture, along with red attention-grabbing lettering reminding of the $50,000 reward being offered for information that helps lead to an arrest.

Borchers said she has long hoped to get a billboard up to remind others of DeAnna’s death and the fact that justice has not yet been found in the case and, with a little help from Citizens Against Homicide who bankrolled the undertaking, her dream became a reality.

Exactly two years ago, Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy helped honor DeAnna’s memory by granting a proclamation marking her birthday, May 24, “DeAnna Lynn Johnson Memorial Day.”

Borchers said it remains her hope that the ribbons, the billboard and any other reminders will help spur those with information regarding DeAnna’s death to come orward and provide police with the missing piece of the puzzle and, even 30 years and six months after the crime was committed, it’s never to late for justice.

Follow Staff Writer Catherine Bowen at Twitter.com/cbowen4.

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Illinois Police Memorial 2013 Springfield IL


The 2013 ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 2nd.

Church Service
9:30 am
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
524 E. Lawrence Ave. (6th and Lawrence)
Springfield, IL 62705

Capital Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.


Trooper Kyle Deatherage
Illinois State Police
EOW 11-26-12


Constable S. Douglas Diedrick
Ullin Police Department
EOW 05-25-1897

Deputy Miles Coleman
Alexander County Sheriff’s Department
EOW 07-08-1901

Officer Frank Holmes
Granite City Police Department
EOW 07-30-1902

Officer Patrick Doud
Cairo Police Department
EOW 03-21-1907

Deputy Wesley Davis
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department
EOW 07-04-1910

Marshall Robert Chastain
Ullin Police Department
EOW 09-19-1911

Marshall Sylvester Lientz
Chrisman Police Department
EOW 06-26-1928

Officer Raymond Kavanagh
Chicago Police Department
EOW 12-18-1930

Officer Donald Schodrof
Chicago Police Department
EOW 01-20-1947

Officer Anthony Cannata
Chicago Police Department
EOW 06-15-1953

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Searching for Justice – Morgan Harrington


Description: Jon Leiberman speaks with Dan and Gil Harrington about the 2009 murder of their young daughter, Morgan. Several months after her disappearance from a Metallica concert, her remains were found on a Virginia farm. She was raped and murdered. No suspects have been identified, but a sketch has been released. (5:08)

Source: AOL Originals

Tags: abduction , dan harrington , dna evidence , gil harrington

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5 Brave Stories of Domestic Violence and Abuse from TED Talks


Source: blog.ted.com via Cherry on Pinterest

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Serial drownings a deadly pattern of serial murders

Kelly Snyder of the FIND ME group helps investigators in a large serial killer case spanning the entire U.S.

The alarming number of young men drowning across the country has caught the attention of federal law enforcement.

For years, criminologists and victims’ families have wondered for years if the deaths are connected or if such a link is merely an urban legend. Federal authorities are said to be considering a nationwide investigation.

After a Northwestern student was found dead in Wilmette Harbor in 2012, we reopened the I-Team file.

It was September 22, 2012. Northwestern sophomore Harsha Maddula partied with friends. Just after midnight he headed home alone. Then he went missing. Five days later, he was found floating in Wilmette Harbor. There have been hundreds of similar cases across the country: college age men disappearing, usually after late night socializing, then turning up dead in a body of water. Elgin native Brian Welzien was one of them.

“I totally, 100-percent feel he was murdered,” his mother Stephany Welzien said.
Click here to read more

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Don’t Be a Victim – Fight Back !!

Don’t Be a Victim – Fight Back !!.

Crime Victim Advocate Polly Franks
Crime Victim Advocate Polly Franks
You can become a victim of crime in a matter of seconds.  Blink your eyes and the damage is done.  Sometimes that damage is irreversible.  Nationally recognized crime victim advocate Polly Franks is launching two brand new websites to help Americans protect their families, their homes and themselves.

The first website is www.youfightback.net, where you can acquire nonlethal products to have on hand to keep from becoming a statistic.  Stun guns, pepper spray, alarms, safety kits and instructional dvds are just a few of the items available that could mean the difference between life and death.

The second website is www.watchem.org.  Here you will find the means to protect your home and family even when you’re not home.  Hidden cameras, recorders, GPS trackers, surveillance systems and many other products will give you that added measure of safety for all that you hold dear when you’re away.

Protecting your family, your home and yourself is your responsibility.  Criminals zero in on people they can see as victims.  Don’t be one of them.

Polly Franks
Executive Director
It’s Not Your Fault
Richmond, VA
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The CrimeLine: Jodi Arias PTSD & Steubenville Victim Blaming March 16, 2013 By thelegalady

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The Dana Pretzer Show – Las Vegas Conference April 12-13 Bill Cosby

img_headerThe Dana Pretzer Show – Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – Don’t Miss Tonights Show with Gene Cervantes, Pat Brown and Robin Sax

The Dana Pretzer Show with guests – Victims Advocate, Conference Coordinator- Gene Cervantes discussing the upcoming Citizens Against Homicide Conference in Las Vegas April 12 and 13th, with celebrity speaker Bill Cosby.

Dana Pretzer Show Feb 21, 2013

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Justice police chief fired – Chicago Tribune

Justice police chief fired – Chicago Tribune.

The police chief of the southwest suburb of Justice was fired late Thursday for what the mayor said were lapses in judgment involving a consulting arrangement with the village’s red-light camera vendor and a failure to properly discipline an officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a patrol car.

Read More: Suburban police chief investigated for email pitch on red-light camera company - http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-26/news/ct-met-justice-police-chief-0926-20120926_1_red-light-cameras-chief-robert-gedville-emails

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Burbank Woman’s Suit Claims Justice Cop Forced Her To Perform Sex Act « CBS Chicago

Burbank Woman’s Suit Claims Justice Cop Forced Her To Perform Sex Act « CBS Chicago.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Burbank woman is suing the village of Justice and a Justice police officer, claiming the cop forced her to perform oral sex on him in his squad car.

Filed Nov. 16 in federal court in Chicago, the woman’s lawsuit alleges the incident began May 5 after the woman left a friend’s house in Justice.

Atty is Scott Kamin

read more Google original Federal Case: 1:12-cv-09213

Forced Sex With a Cop, Woman Says Courthouse News Service 

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Cherry Simpson President of SHS has been honored by the Citizens Against Homicide Organization to speak about domestic violence along with Angela Gilliam.

Cherry Simpson the Co-executive Director of the National Domestic Violence Registry and the President of Support for Homicide Survivors has been honored by the Citizens Against Homicide Organization to speak about domestic violence along with Angela Gilliam. The keynote speaker at this event is Bill Cosby and this event will be held in Las Vegas Nevada in April 2013. You are all invited!!

Las Vegas Conference


APRIL 12-13, 2013

Citizens Against Homicide is pleased to announce our first Annual CAH Victim Awareness Conference -

In Memory of Yvette Nance.

The conference will kick off Friday evening, April 12th, for a casual “Meet and Greet”. On Saturday, April 13th – a day filled with educational and informative presentations from various subject matter experts. The day will end with a beautiful gourmet banquet and a very special celebrity guest appearance. We are so proud and very honored to have Mr. Bill Cosby close our conference with his words of wisdom and infectious humor. He has been an American icon through the generations and understands the grief of losing a loved one to homicide.

CAH looks forward to seeing old friends and acquiring new acquaintances~ Please join us!


Please copy and paste the following link (to address bar) to book room reservations at the CAH discounted group rate:


Use Group Code: XCAH2013

Click HERE to register online

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Police chief fired in Chicago suburb of Justice – where Lacey Gaines was murdered in 2009


JUSTICE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police chief has been fired over allegations he failed to properly discipline an officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a patrol car.

Robert Gedville’s dismissal is also linked to a consulting arrangement he had with a red-light camera vendor.

DOD 12/7/09 Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL
Read #9 at Mystery Letter: Justice Police will Never Find Lacey Gaines Killer http://coldnomore.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/mystery-letter-justice-police-will-never-find-lacey-gaines-killer then this case http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/11/20/52416.htm Justice, IL Officer Carmen Scardine sexually molested woman waiting for cab at Justice Apt’s – was this same apt as the one Lacey worked or lived at? Case against Justice, IL Police Officer Carmen Scardine http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/Recently%20File%20cases/12cv9213.pdf

It’s so frustrating. First you have the Justice PD that is almost criminal in their handling of this (and I’m referring to REFUSING any outside help), and then you have others FIGHTING people who want to find out what really happened to her.

It makes no sense! I just don’t understand. Do they not realize that they don’t have the “right” to decide that justice doesn’t need to be served in Lacey’s murder?

It is sad when you can’t count on a Chief of Police to do the right thing. Gedville’s firing stirs up a lot of “what-ifs” for Lacey’s family. That is NOT fair!

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Cherry Simpson and Myra Spearman on In Session

In Session commentator on Ethan Chic-Colbert Domestic Violence Case and the Registry’s Preventative efforts. Cherry Simpson Co-executive director speaks out. Aired 11/19/2012

In Session WV vs Ethan Chic Colbert Case 11/19/2012 from Natnl Domestic Violence Registry on Vimeo.


Myra Spearman comments on In Session SC vs Lyncht Case 12/06/2012 from Natnl Domestic Violence Registry on Vimeo.

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Searching for Justice: Anderson Murders by Jon Leiberman

LaGrange, IN the Anderson Murders – very good show by Jon Leiberman also featured at AMW http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=61288 and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TerryandDarleen

Jon says he could be interested in doing more unsolved cases or on new legislation. You can contact him through his site http://www.jonleiberman.com/

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Man convicted in 1957 murder of 7-year-old girl | Local News | The Seattle Times

Man convicted in 1957 murder of 7-year-old girl | Local News | The Seattle Times.

SYCAMORE, Ill. — For most of five decades, it seemed no one would ever be held accountable for the murder of a 7-year-old Illinois girl

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State prisons mum on who gets tours


First, Gov. Pat Quinn rejected reporters’ requests to tour Illinois prisons as he plans a major shakeup in the state’s corrections system. Now his administration is refusing to reveal precisely who has been allowed to see inside state penitentiaries during his three years in office.

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Local reaction to U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile sentences

Original article Click Here by Quad City Times

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QC woman helped fight for IL Murder Registry

Link to video:



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Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL

Dec 7, 2011 – Two years and no answers but there are two new bloggers Norm Holliston of Zerogossip and Cold No More  (Norm has quite the vita – check him out) and Slam Dunk ex-cop and blog is very special on Lacey Gaines Remembered

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2 yrs and no answers Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL

But there are two new bloggers and one is an ex-cop the other a writer, journalist and producer. See what they have to say about the terrible murder of Lacey Gaines:

Lacey Gaines Remembered http://theslamdunktrove.blogspot.com/2011/12/lacey-gaines-remembered.html by Slam Dunk ex-cop

What I Need Most, Someone to Not Let Me Give Up: Lacey Gaines http://coldnomore.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/what-i-need-most-someone-to-not-let-me-give-up-lacey-gaines/#more-276

by Norm Holliston of ZeroGossip

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Holder: We must fix gaps that let fugitives live free abroad – Is this what happened in Lacey Gaines Case #09-06670 Justice, IL

Holder: We must fix gaps that let fugitives live free abroad

Durbin says attorney general is committed to reform of problems exposed by Tribune series

Is this what may have happened in Lacey Gaines’ case.

Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL was murdered in 2009, strangled and stabbed. I was told one of the suspects fled to Mexico and they are not prosecuting. She left a 2 yr old son.

Lacey’s case was featured in the SHS Link website and newsletter last year. It’ll be two years this Dec since her brutal murder. What makes her case unsolvable?


Chicago Breaking News – 12/09/09

The slaying of a 20-year-old woman who was found strangled and stabbed inside her south suburban Justice apartment appears to be an isolated incident, Justice Police Chief Bob Gedville said today.

The incident does not appear to be a robbery or a burglary, the chief said, and police are investigating whether the woman killed, Lacey Gaines, knew her killer. Gaines, of the first block of Hickory Trace Drive, was single, Gedville said.

About 7 p.m. Monday police responded to a call for an unresponsive female covered in blood and found Gaines, Gedville said. She was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and her death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She died of strangulation and multiple stab wounds, the office ruled.

Police have been conducting several interviews but do not plan to file charges in the immediate future, Gedville said. No suspects are in custody, he said.

Death of 20-year-old Justice woman ruled a homicide


How about writing or calling those in charge and asking…what’s happening in the murder case of Lacey Gaines. Is her’s a case such as Holder and Durbin are speaking about?
John Brassil (New Illinois) Chief, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney (took over for Fabio Valentini Supervisor, Felony Review Unit , Office Of The Cook County State’s Attorney)

Justice Police Department http://villageofjustice.org/ 7800 S Archer Rd, Justice, IL 60458 Ph: 708 458-2191 Lead Det R Plotke rplotke@justicepolice-il.org Det Joe Malloy 708-458-2194 Det Jim Davis 312-603-3980 jdavis@cookcountygov.com

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Child Fatalities Hearing Witness List and Testimony of Michael Petit, Every Child Matters Educational Fund

Child Fatalities Hearing, July 12, 10 am, Rayburn House Office Building

Attached is the Witness List and testimony from Michael Petit for the House Ways and Means  Hearing on Child Fatalities last Tuesday.

Every Child Matters Educational Fund:  http://www.everychildmatters.org/

URL for the National Center for Child Death Review is:  http://www.childdeathreview.org/
One can access NCCDR’s information on what constitutes a thorough child fatality review.

The GAO Report is here:  http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-811T
Child Fatalities from Maltreatment: National Data Could Be Strengthened

GAO-11-811T July 12, 2011
Full Report (PDF, 9 pages)

All the testimony can be accessed and one can also make a submission for the record at:

this was submitted by Eileen King DC Regional Director of Justice for Children

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National Police Week Washington D.C. May 15-21, 2011

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Bill Status of HJRCA0029 97th General Assembly/ CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS


Bill Status of HJRCA0029 97th General Assembly


House Sponsors
Rep. Lou Lang – Deborah Mell – Lisa M. Dugan – Dennis M. Reboletti – Randy Ramey, Jr., Jim Sacia, Robyn Gabel, Karen A. Yarbrough, Fred Crespo, Dave Winters, Jim Watson, Naomi D. Jakobsson, Roger L. Eddy, Daniel Biss, Rich Brauer, Raymond Poe, Rita Mayfield, Karen May, Greg Harris, Donald L. Moffitt, Chapin Rose, Edward J. Acevedo, Jehan A. Gordon, Ann Williams, Linda Chapa LaVia, LaShawn K. Ford, Constance A. Howard, Marlow H. Colvin, Mary E. Flowers, Arthur Turner, Jim Durkin, Esther Golar, Ed Sullivan, Jr., Sidney H. Mathias, Thomas Holbrook, Maria Antonia Berrios, Jack D. Franks, Keith Farnham, Carol A. Sente, Michelle Mussman, Jack McGuire, Susana A. Mendoza, Al Riley, Jil Tracy, Kay Hatcher, Thaddeus Jones, Mike Bost, JoAnn D. Osmond, John D. Cavaletto, Wayne Rosenthal, Darlene J. Senger, Patrick J. Verschoore, Norine Hammond, Michael Unes, Franco Coladipietro, Michael G. Connelly, Robert W. Pritchard, Chris Nybo, David Harris, Thomas Morrison, Daniel V. Beiser, Dwight Kay, Patricia R. Bellock, Sandra M. Pihos, Camille Y Lilly, Michael P. McAuliffe, Frank J. Mautino, Michael J. Zalewski, Richard Morthland, Monique D. Davis, Pam Roth, John E. Bradley, Kenneth Dunkin, Daniel J. Burke, Elizabeth Hernandez, André M. Thapedi, Dan Reitz and Dan Brady

Last Action
Date Chamber Action
5/11/2011 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate
ILCON Art. 1, Sec. 8.1

Synopsis As Introduced
Proposes to amend the Bill of Rights Article of the Illinois Constitution concerning crime victim’s rights. Provides that in addition to other rights provided in the Constitutional provision, a crime victim has the right to: (1) be free from harassment, intimidation, and abuse; (2) refuse to disclose information that is privileged or confidential by law; (3) timely notification of post-trial proceedings; (4) be heard in person or in any other reasonable manner the victim chooses at any proceeding involving a post-arraignment release decision, plea, sentencing, post-conviction or post-adjudication release decision, or any proceeding in which a right of the victim is at issue; (5) receive a report prepared for sentencing, reduction in sentence, parole, early release, or clemency, when available to the accused; and (6) have the safety of the victim and the victim’s family considered in denying or fixing the amount of bail, determining whether to release the defendant, and setting conditions of release after arrest and conviction. Provides that nothing in this Constitutional provision creates any cause of action for compensation or damages against the State, any political subdivision of the State, any officer, employee, or agent of the State or of any of its political subdivisions, or any officer or employee of the court. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Date Chamber Action
3/11/2011 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Lou Lang
3/15/2011 House Read in Full a First Time
3/15/2011 House Referred to Rules Committee
3/28/2011 House Assigned to Judiciary II – Criminal Law Committee
3/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Deborah Mell
3/29/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lisa M. Dugan
4/7/2011 House Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Deborah Mell
4/7/2011 House Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Lisa M. Dugan
4/7/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Deborah Mell
4/7/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Lisa M. Dugan
4/7/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Dennis M. Reboletti
4/13/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Randy Ramey, Jr.
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Robyn Gabel
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Fred Crespo
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dave Winters
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jim Watson
4/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jim Sacia
4/14/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson
4/14/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Roger L. Eddy
4/26/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Biss
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Rich Brauer
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Raymond Poe
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Rita Mayfield
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Karen May
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Greg Harris
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Donald L. Moffitt
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Chapin Rose
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Edward J. Acevedo
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jehan A. Gordon
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Ann Williams
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. LaShawn K. Ford
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Constance A. Howard
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Marlow H. Colvin
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Arthur Turner
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jim Durkin
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Esther Golar
4/27/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Ed Sullivan, Jr.
4/28/2011 House Do Pass / Short Debate Judiciary II – Criminal Law Committee; 007-000-000
4/28/2011 House Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading – Short Debate
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sidney H. Mathias
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Thomas Holbrook
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jack D. Franks
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Keith Farnham
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol A. Sente
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michelle Mussman
4/28/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jack McGuire
5/3/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Susana A. Mendoza
5/4/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Al Riley
5/5/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jil Tracy
5/5/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kay Hatcher
5/5/2011 House Read in Full a Second Time
5/5/2011 House Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading – Short Debate
5/9/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Thaddeus Jones
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mike Bost
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. JoAnn D. Osmond
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. John D. Cavaletto
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Wayne Rosenthal
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Darlene J. Senger
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Norine Hammond
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael Unes
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Franco Coladipietro
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael G. Connelly
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert W. Pritchard
5/11/2011 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Chris Nybo
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. David Harris
5/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Thomas Morrison
5/11/2011 House Read in Full a Third Time
5/11/2011 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel V. Beiser
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dwight Kay
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Patricia R. Bellock
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sandra M. Pihos
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y Lilly
5/12/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Frank J. Mautino
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Richard Morthland
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Monique D. Davis
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Pam Roth
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. John E. Bradley
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kenneth Dunkin
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel J. Burke
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. André M. Thapedi
5/13/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dan Reitz
5/18/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dan Brady

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Illinois bill would mandate DNA samples in serious offenses

By Matt Williams
Posted Apr 20, 2011

ROCKFORD — A state legislative proposal would strengthen the state’s DNA database by requiring the most serious offenders to submit DNA tests without a court order.

House Bill 3238, co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Sacia, R-Pecatonica, and approved in the House this month, would allow DNA to be collected from people who are indicted or if there is probable cause in cases of first-degree murder, home invasion, predatory criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault.

The law would also require all sex offenders to provide DNA samples, regardless of conviction date or the state where the offense occurred. The bill awaits a vote in the Senate.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato supports the proposal.

“If, for example, today you go out and get arrested for home invasion, we bring you in and get photos and fingerprints but we don’t have a right to collect your DNA,” Bruscato said. “This gives us the ability to collect DNA after the arrest.”

Strengthening the DNA database, Bruscato said, could also be helpful in making arrests on unsolved cases or any future cases where DNA evidence is collected.

“If 10 years from now you commit a crime, that DNA hit will come back from that bank,” he said.

The law would not only help law enforcement but could also be beneficial for those who are falsely accused of a crime.

“It can actually help a person who is claiming innocence because they get the opportunity to use that evidence to potentially clear their name,” Bruscato said.

Sacia said some of the people concerned about the bill are worried that it violates people’s privacy.

“They feel it is an invasive procedure and we are taking advantage of someone who may eventually be found innocent,” Sacia said. “To me, that makes a better argument for it.”

“To object to this would be to object to fingerprints,” Bruscato added. “Yesterday, fingerprints were the way to do it, but in 2011 the more sophisticated way to identify someone is through DNA. What we need to do is get with the times, and that’s what this is about.”

Reach Matt Williams at 815-987-1389 or mwilliams@rrstar.com.
Copyright 2011 Rockford Register Star. Some rights reserved

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Dora Larson joins National Association of Professional Women

Dora Larson

Dora Larson

Connecting Mentors and Mentees Across the US

An organization helping women advance has invited SHS Executive Director Dora Larson to join the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) which provides a forum for networking, education and the exchanging of ideas. The organization has 150,000 members and 30 local chapters based all over America.

Dora has many years of experience as a professional in the criminal justice field and crime victim advocate and activist. Currently non-profit Executive Director of SHS, her membership to this professional women’s organization will provide additional networking opportunities and resources that are otherwise not available.

Membership to the NAPW provides women with a group of individuals that know and understand these demands as well. The educational opportunities that are available to the members are very helpful. In today’s trying economic times, women need all of the resources and networking opportunities that are available and the NAPW strives to provide those opportunities.

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House of Reps want online registry for convicted murderers

House of Reps want online registry for convicted murderers

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Rebuttal to Criminal advocates groups.

Alliance of criminal justice reform organizations including the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, the Uptown People’s Law Center, and Tamms Yen Year project have problems dealing with reality of violent crime in Illinois. Currently, the Illinois Department of Corrections prison population has swelled by over 3,000 since the IDOC stopped the “MGT Push” program, but for these organizations to point fingers at the Legislature and Governor Quinn for failing to show convicted felons the door early in some cases after only serving an average of 13 days show their failure to understand the need for patience in these matters. The Supporters of Homicide Survivors look for realistic and safe ways to protect the public through community awareness and victim notification which is justified and in the case of public opinion the accepted format.

However, to openly support rewarding offenders for violating the law in Illinois with lesser sentences is ludicrous! The question that the Shriver Center, Uptown People’s Law Center and the Tamms Project need to address is supporting programs that are needed in the Illinois Department of Corrections. These programs assist offenders in ways not to recidivate and education as well as programs that teach offenders to turn away from a life of crime and violence against law abiding citizens. The end result will be educated, and reformed inmates rather than persons looking for a quick way back to the penitentiary. Therefore, their energy would be better served in development of prisoner programs to educate and reform rather than shake their fingers at the legislature and law enforcement organizations.

The thinking process that these organizations present does not speak to any means or ideas to stop the violence. In addition, to throw jabs at sentencing laws show only contempt for the justice system and do not provide any valid opinion or solutions. Supporters of Homicide Survivors have the ideas that are needed to deal with the problems of “Early Release Programs” and ‘MGT Push”. Healthy debate and a need for the primary goal which is the protection of the citizens of Illinois who choose to live by the laws which have been in place since the inception of civilized society will always be needed but not at the expense of a single innocent person’s life.

Currently, 7 out 10 paroled offenders return to prison within a calendar year of release and this is due to poor education, poor training and failure to enroll in needed prisoner programs. Sadly, the blame is placed on the IDOC and law enforcement agencies by the special interest groups that state it is failure on the agencies due to underfunded re-entry and parolee assistance programs. Therefore, the answer to the problem has presented itself and if properly lobbied funds can be secured through not only the Illinois legislature but also through DOJ grants. Offender advocate groups are long on what’s wrong with the system but are short on delivery of solutions.


James Simmons, Vice President
Support of Homicide Survivors

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As a citizen of Illinois, you are invited to use the form below to nominate yourself for membership on up to four boards, commissions, councils, or task forces. The information we collect will be used by the Governor’s office in considering your interest in an appointment. It will be kept confidential and protected from disclosure to the extent permitted by law. If you have problems completing the form, please email gov.appointments@illinois.gov

The Prisoner Review Board is in need of qualified applicants. We here at SHS would like to invite the good citizens of IL who are mindful of victim’s rights and their families to apply.
You can check out the qualifications here:
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Legislative Update

The SHS Support for Homicide Survivors has given support to the 2011 legislative session. Please contact your local legislators to support or contact SHS for additional information.

Senate Sponsor: Sen. John J. Millner
Synopsis As Introduced – Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Prohibits adjudicated juvenile delinquent child sex offenders from being present in certain places or loitering near such places when persons under 18 are present. Provides exemptions. Provides that the penalty for violation is a Class 4 felony.

House Sponsors: Rep. Tom CrossDennis M. RebolettiJim Watson
Senate Sponsors: (Sen. Linda Holmes )
Synopsis As Introduced – Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that aggravated battery that causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement is a Class X felony when the aggravated battery was intentional and involved the infliction of torture as the infliction of or subjection to extreme physical pain, motivated by an intent to increase or prolong the pain, suffering, or agony of the victim.

House Sponsors: Rep. Jim SaciaDennis M. RebolettiDonald L. MoffittPatricia R. BellockPatrick J. Verschoore
Senate Sponsors: (Sen. Tim Bivins)
Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that a person also commits the offense of drug induced homicide by causing another person’s death through absorption of an unlawfully delivered controlled substance. Effective immediately.

House Sponsors: Rep. Dennis M. RebolettiSandra M. PihosKay HatcherKevin A. McCarthyTimothy L. Schmitz, Patricia R. Bellock, Sidney H. Mathias, Jil Tracy, Dwight Kay, Keith P. Sommer, Michelle Mussman, Lisa M. Dugan, Richard Morthland, Chapin Rose, Michael Unes, Franco Coladipietro, Michael G. Connelly, Jim Durkin, David Reis, Jim Sacia, Esther Golar, Keith Farnham, Susana A. Mendoza and Daniel J. Burke
Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the Department of State Police shall establish and maintain a Statewide First Degree Murderer Database for the purpose of identifying persons convicted of first degree murder, when the murder was committed before June 19, 1998, who have been released from a penal institution or other facility after the completion of their confinement and making that information available to the public. Provides that the information in the Database shall be the names, residence addresses, places of employment, and schools attended by these offenders, and photographs of the offenders. Provides that the Department of State Police shall require such first degree murderers to register with the Department for a period of 10 years following release.

Some others of the upcoming bills are from the Senate; 1338, 1339, 1340, 1341, 1560, 1561, 1562 and 1563 all pertaining to stopping early releases of inmates, sponsored by Sen. Kirk W. Dillard.

House bill 1237 sponsored by Rep. Rita Mayfield, is to give special training on victim sensitivity. Her dedication to victims makes her one of our new allies. Rep. William Cunningham is a new Representative, who is sponsoring House bill 277, which will stop sex offenders from bothering victims. He is another great friend for victims. SHS will give full support to both needed legislation.

Years ago the Victim Constitutional Amendment was passed into law. I helped the then Atty. General, Roland Burris, travel throughout the state to get this voted for. But, still victims are not receiving all their rights! This year SHS with numerous victim organizations and advocates are pushing for HJRCA, sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang and many other legislators that will strengthen the rights of victims. This would appear on the ballots for 2012 for citizens to vote into law.


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Think Preventive – Life Is Precious

Why? Shouldn’t law like medicine reflect reality and “First, do no harm”to the victims?

Unsolved Murder Vicitm: Lacey Claire Gaines, Solved Murder Vicitms: Victoria Larson, Det Mike Mayborne, Jenny Crompton

2 Criminal and victim rights hang in an ugly imbalance. You would think that America – one of the greatest countries in the world – would know better how to protect it’s citizens.

Restoring the Balance of Justice to the Victim
Wouldn’t it be nice if the justice system supported homicide survivors with the same love and understanding the medical community shows a cancer victim? Undergoing chemotherapy is scary and so is trying to recover from a homicide. But there’s no TLC for homicide survivors. Medical advancements are advancing the war with cancer. The same can’t be said about homicide. Why? Shouldn’t law like medicine reflect reality and “First, do no harm”to the victims?”

Our justice system does more to uphold criminal rights than it does victim’s rights. It means criminals should be prosecuted in a just way. This shouldn’t mean letting the criminal lie, cheat, manipulate or slip his way out of the truth or justice, or God forbid coddling him at the expense of the victim!

How many of us remember the names of the Ted Bundy’s victim’s? You don’t! – but you remember the killer Ted Bundy’s name. It’s high time that we remember the names and the lives of the VICTIMS.

There should be someone who will argue for the rights of the victim. The Prosecutor doesn’t do it they represent the State, and the Defense represents the Accused. So who’s looking out for the victim? In reality victim’s rights are rarely enforced. Therefore, we need to restore the balance of justice to the victims.

Crime victims have a right to be heard in criminal proceedings and may directly address the court, with their own private attorney, to advance their rights under victims’ “Bill of Rights” laws.

Andrea Wills

Andrea Will murder vicitm 1999

Andrea’s Law – Murder Registry
1 The legislation, known as “Andrea’s Law,” is named after Andrea Will who was strangled to death in 1998 by her ex-boyfriend, Justin J. Boulay who was released from prison in November after serving only 12 of his 24-year sentence.

One of the first in the country, State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) passed Andrea’s Law recently out of the Judiciary II Committee that calls for the creation of a murderer registry. House Bill 263 is a natural extension to the state’s current sex offender and child murderer registry that will allow residents to take proper safeguards if a convicted murderer lives in their neighborhood,” said Reboletti, a former prosecutor. “Law enforcement will also be put on notice as to the movement and locations of these individuals, long after they are released from custody.”

Patricia Rosenberg of Batavia – Andrea Will’s mother, supports the murderer registry.

House Bill 263 Andrea’s Law, would not only finally service justice for Andrea, but also for all of the families who have lost a loved one at the hands of another. We need to make sure there is accountability for first-degree murder beyond the prison gate. We all have the right to know if that murderer is living in our neighborhood or right next door,” said Rosenberg. “I was not able to protect my child from what happened to her, but his bill may help to protect someone else – if only they knew.”

In March 1999, Boulay was convicted of first-degree murder. At the time of the sentence, Illinois law allowed one day cut from the sentence for every day of good behavior. Since then, Illinois adopted truth-in-sentencing laws that require those convicted of violent crimes to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.

Upon his release from prison, Boulay moved to Hawaii with his wife and will be on parole for three years and must undergo anger management.

Due to the Boulay case, Hawaii legislators are also proposing a murderer registry. Hopefully other states will follow.

Many citizens think they are protected by the national NICE or LEADS systems but in reality they are not. There is no standardization of forms state to state. The murder registry will be in a sense a work around to the problem of criminals staying under the radar. It will act as a deterrent and save lives.

Cindy Bischof

Cindy Bischof Murder 2008

GPS Tracking Another Crime Deterrent Tool
The Cindy Bischof Law was put into effect in 2009.

The GPS has a 100% success rate in keeping women alive. We need an effective legal guarantee of personal-security for victims of domestic abuse. I think it’s a wonderful tool and will not only help save lives but prevents crime and helps to prosecute crime. We all have GPS on our phones and now we’ve got a microchip being put on our 4USPS postage stamps because of anthrax and congress. They already use them on sex offenders DOC has them and have monitored and used the data to prosecute perpetrators. I believe it is inevitable we will all see them utilized soon in many different ways.

I also think the GPS is important for women’s human rights. Too many women are dying from domestic violence. It saves lives. It shouldn’t be about money, it should be about saving lives. At the rate prisoners are being released early we all need this crime deterrent tool.

Women are being blamed for getting themselves beat and raped by men they know and then chastised for not liking them after wards. We need the state to recognize that women are violated because we are women (a form of unequal treatment which needs legal teeth) the GPS helps do exactly that and more.

Primal Prevention of Homicide
While we may never see a Hallmark Card saying “I’m sorry for your child’s homicide” it’s good to know there are some like State Representative Dennis Reboletti and the Cindy Bischof Foundation taking Primal Prevention of Homicide seriously. Another key to success is everyday practicability. Funds need to be applied to epidemiological research towards finding ways to prevent homicide and stop waiting until there’s another homicide victim to testify for Bills needed to to protect the living.


  1. CBS Chicago Victim’s Mother Campaigns For Murder Registry Law
  2. Time’s Up Blog Support for Homicide Survivors will Enhance Victim’s Rights in Illinois
  3. GPS Tracking: http://www.thehotline.org/2009/05/gps-tracking/
  4. ‘Smart stamps’ next in war on terrorism http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2003/oct/26/20031026-124606-8419r/
  5. Cindy Bischof Foundation: http://cindysmemorial.org/
  6. WICD ABC NewsChannel: http://www.wicd15.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/vid_3943.shtml
  7. Convicted killer arrives in Hawaii: http://www.kitv.com/r-video/25822218/detail.html
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Who Murdered Lacey Gaines?

Who murdered Lacey Gaines Justice Illinois

Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone you know “Who Killed Lacey Gaines?

by Lacey’s Aunt Cherry Simpson SHS Designer

This is my beloved niece Lacey Gaines. She was murdered just 6 days after her 20th birthday on Dec 7, 2009. She was strangled with a cord and her throat was cut with a 10” kitchen knife. No forced entry, no robbery, no sexual assault, no defensive wounds. Her murder left her infant son with out a mother and her family in possible danger. Lacey has left us happy memories of her past, but there will never be any more joyful moments, nor hope and promise of a future.

She was not murdered for money, nor for sex, or passion, but in cold blood, calculated and premeditation the act of a killing machine – carrying out murder against someone’s mother and family.

The police haven’t been able to solve her case yet. They say they have a very strong suspect(s), someone she definitely knew. They say he/they had the opportunity and means but not yet enough evidence to convince a jury of guilt. You see they cannot convict merely on means, motive and opportunity, but must provide convincing proof of means used, and opportunity actually acted upon by the defendant(s) charged.

The secret to solving murder is in determining three things, the ‘Holy Trinity’ of detection: Means, motive and opportunity.

Means is the easiest of the three to determine. By ‘means’, I mean how the murder was carried out and usually an examination of the body will tell you this. According to the First Responders Report Lacey was strangled and stabbed.

How was it accomplished? Lacey was a fighter this was known to all who knew her but to a stranger she would appear to be shy and reserved. Why then no defensive wounds? Was she drugged or possibly surprised. This would mean premeditation. Was there more than one person? Did someone plan Lacey’s murder and then carried it out carefully. Or was someone hired to kill her?

What tools were used and where did they come from? An extension cord and kitchen knife from Lacey’s own home.

Why the overstatement of death by strangulation and stabbing (throat slashed). To be certain the job was complete? No question she was found dead, in her home, fully clothed, no forced entry, no defensive wounds, no theft or sexual assault.

Opportunity also means being in the right place and time to commit the murder. We know where and when the dirty deed was committed. You can eliminate anyone with an alibi. Unless, of course, it was a hired hit.

Motive’ answers the ‘why’ question. Why was Lacey killed?

Motive can be both the easiest and hardest of the Holy Trinity to solve. Sometimes there are lots of people with a good motive to kill, and sometimes it can be hard to find anyone with any kind of motive at all.

So, the first thing you should ask is ‘Who benefits?’ Look very carefully. Who has the most to gain from the Lacey’s death? And if it’s not immediately obvious, then you’re going to have to talk to everyone.

Lacey was a treasured daughter, a close sister, a tender mother, an unforgettable niece, a generous cousin, and a forever friend. She was unique, full of life and laughter, she had a spirit which could not be broken, it was a light she let shine brightly. She still shines ever brighter in our hearts and in Heaven.

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone you know … Who do you think killed Lacey? Someone will have a clue as to the identity of the murderer, but without asking absolutely everyone, you might never know. Remember Lacey was a fighter and she is on the winning team. I want Lacey’s cowardly murderer to know – you have not won. God keeps His promises.

“In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Lacey’s confirmation verse. Psalm 56:11

Visit www.LaceyGaines.com with links to TIP-LINE, updates, stories, a REWARD. Join her Facebook page Help Find Lacey Gaines’ Murderer page has more then 1758 fans.

The number of those looking for her killer(s) is GROWING. Lacey is not forgotten and neither are her killer(s).

Justice, IL Lead Det R. Plotke rplotke@justicepolice-il.org 708-458-2191

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A Parent’s Story – by Vicki Crompton-Tetter

Jenny Crompton solved

Murder victim Jenny Crompton

Jenny. An ordinary kid, from an ordinary family. Yet an extraordinary event changed our lives completely, and forever.

Mark. He appeared on our doorstep on evening in October 1985. With a charming smile he asked, “Is Jenny home””. My first reaction was confusion. Who is this boy? Jenny had not mentioned that anyone, particularly a boy, was coming over. Then she came bounding down the steps, smiling, thrilled to see him. When I saw how excited Jenny was, I didn’t have to heart to say no, to say that I really thought she was too young to have boys calling at the house.

That first evening I guided them into the living room, where we all sat awkwardly, looking at each other. Jenny was far too shy to make casual conversation, and she was obviously far too taken with him. So my husband, Greg, and I kept the conversation going.

So Mark Smith came into our lives. Although Mark was very polite and answered all my questions about home and school, he was skillful at keeping the real Mark hidden. Later I would review the conversation and realize that I knew nothing about him. I would also learn that he lied about the four year difference in their ages.

Her interest in Mark was a bit of a mystery to me. Beyond his obvious good looks, I didn’t see what the attraction could possibly be. In contrast to Jenny’s love of learning, he was a poor student, uninterested in building for his future. My feeling was that he was just drifting through life. As I observed the differences between them, I knew it was just a matter of time before Jenny would tire of him.

Despite their age difference and lack of common interests, however, Jenny and Mark’s relationship appeared to thrive. Apparently they were the talk of the school, the “perfect couple”, so much “in love.”

He called her daily, sometimes several times a day. They shared a locker at school and walked each other to class. They ate lunch together. He came over to our house about three nights a week. For a child of fourteen, it was pretty overwhelming. My rules were strict, but Jenny did not seem to mind. Perhaps she knew she couldn’t have handled more freedom.

My instincts were right – after six months Jenny wanted to break up, but not because their interests were so different. What I didn’t know was that Mark was very controlling and Jenny was tired of that; she wanted her freedom back. In fact, when she told me was breaking up she actually said “I just want to be free, Mom”.

Mark ignored Jenny’s attempts to break up. He still shared the locker, still walked her to class, still called. When she insisted that he stop, he became more insistent, more possessive. The phone calls increased, the unannounced visits to the house more frequent. He would not move out of her locker. Because he made it so difficult, Jenny simply gave up and agreed to go back. When I questioned her, she said that she really cared for him and wasn’t sure she wanted to end it. This routine continued for several months into the summer, until Jenny made the final break.

As Jenny increased her attempts to pull away, Mark intensified his actions to keep her locked in. He seemed to always know her plans. At first she would unwittingly tell him where she was going. Then, as she attempted to keep this information from him, he would turn to her girlfriends and find out about her activities from them. Her trips to the mall were marred by Mark’s sudden appearance. Her weekly dance lessons were punctuated by his arrival, cunningly timed just a few minutes before I arrived to pick her up.

By August 1986 Jenny had returned to school, to the 10th grade. Mark had graduated so he was not in school but he didn’t go away: he entered the school grounds and broke into her locker, going through her things and reading the notes her friends had written. She began to suspect he was entering our home when were gone; she told her friends that things in her room were not as she had left them. He left her threatening notes that hinted she “would not make it to homecoming” and desperate lines that said “I wish you would die”. She told her friends about these things and even laughed the day of the homecoming parade, saying “Well, I’m still in one piece.” She never told me.

Friday, September 26, 1986, I woke Jenny to get her into the shower before I left for work. I hugged her and kissed her before leaving, as I always did. We spoke briefly about the homecoming game that evening and she asked if I could give her friends a ride to the game. Then I rushed out the door. My day was uneventful. I was bored and had many things to do at home. I thought about asking my boss if I could leave work early, but I resisted the urge. I left work at my usual time and drove home thinking about the busy night ahead.

When I drove onto my street, the first thing I saw were groups of neighbors standing in their yards, looking toward my house. Then I saw the ambulance, the police cars, and the fire truck. I saw police officers running out of my house. I started shaking so violently that I could barely park my car. I ran out, shouting, “what is happening here?” I was stopped from entering my home and told that my daughter had been stabbed, but that “the paramedics are working on her.” I watched as they carried her out on a stretcher and took her away in an ambulance. I hung onto a white and shaken Greg as he described walking into the house and finding Jenny “lying in a pool of blood”. I sat in the hospital emergency room and heard them tell me that my daughter was deceased. Dead? Not Jenny. I just talked to her this morning. She is only fifteen. How can she be dead?

The days became a blur. Mark was arrested. At his trial I learned the truth of my daughter’s last months. I learned of the pressure he had put on her and his threats. I learned of the deception he forced her to participate in. I heard fourteen-year-old children describe their attempts to handle a situation adults could not handle. I saw the fear and guilt of her friends as they grappled with the thought they could have saved her if only they had told someone what was going on. I learned that Mark had emotionally and verbally abused Jenny. I heard the kids say that it happens all the time at school, partners abusing and hitting each other, so they didn’t think anything of it. I listened to a recreation of the last moments of her life: how she got off the school bus and entered our home alone to find Mark waiting for her, and how he stabbed her over sixty times with a butcher knife, leaving her on the floor to be found by Greg. I heard the account of Mark’s evening: how he had attended the homecoming football game with a date and how he laughed and ate and appeared very unconcerned that Jenny was dead. I heard the jury verdict: guilty of first degree murder and a life sentence without parole.

Something rose up in me. What is going on with our teens? I read of the Jennifer Levin murder in New York City. I scoured the library, looking for books on the subject. Why hadn’t other mothers spoken out, tried to warn me or warn Jenny of the danger? My involvement began slowly. I read what I could find on the subject and talked to a lot of teens. I started giving presentations to small groups of teens – at churches and in individual classrooms. I am still giving presentations, now to audiences as large as 2500, and to audiences all over the country. But Jenny’s story remains relevant because the problem still exists. With today’s technology teens are able to track their partner every hour of the day. Controlling relationships are in the majority and most teens accept them as normal.

Twenty five years. Jenny has been gone for so long. She would be 40 years old. But her voice was not silenced by Mark; her story has been heard by thousands of teens and possibly hundreds of lives have been saved as a result. She’s smiling in heaven.

Jenny Crompton

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From the President’s Heart: My Journey with Mike as High School Sweethearts of the 60’s!

“We wish you sunshine on your path and the storms to season your journey. We wish you peace in the world in which you live and in the smallest corner of the heart where truth is kept……….More we cannot wish you except perhaps love to make all the rest worthwhile“. <Robert A. Ward >


I worked part-time for Goldblatt Bros. and Mike worked part-time for his uncle George (later Broadway Maid Rite fame) flipping hamburgers and chopping onions. On more than one occasion, he was teased he had onion odor! We met while Mike was repeating English, he sat next to my then ‘steady guy’ and soon, we were making eye contact and passing notes. He would compliment my blouse and I would be flattered, we became steady’s and kept it secret from our parents when he gave me a diamond engagement ring. I hid it at home but wore it to school to show it off having no idea what I was doing, although I ultimately knew I had to return it, I was only a junior for heavens sake! (I can’t imagine how Mike may have reacted had he lived and one of our daughter’s became engaged at that age!) For Mike’s senior prom his dad let him use their white T-Bird. Mike wore a white blazer tuxedo and I wore an all white gorgeous formal I borrowed from my cousin Pat that she wore as Prom Queen! The memory I cherish most from our warm Prom evening was when Mike decided to try the air conditioner in the car and suddenly our white formal wear was covered in what looked like black ashes! We both had a good laugh! Mike had aspirations of following in his dad’s footsteps and joining the Navy for a four year commitment after his graduation in 1963. We knew we were committed to one another, while he went off on his Navel Submarine duties, I graduated in 1964 and started my office clerical job, remember the old IBM keypunch operator jobs?
While Mike would sail the world in a submarine, I lived at home with my parents and planned our future. To keep me from being lonely while he was gone he gave me an adorable little black poodle dog I named “Sailor”. Every Thursday evening after work his Mom and Dad would have me for wonderful meals. Her whipped potatoes and milk gravy stand alone. On more than one occasion I would be surprised by a long distance phone call from Mike (pre-arranged by his folks). They were so kind and we really bonded those four years he was away as I promised to wait for him. When my birthday would be near, they would take me to their special place for dinner at the Rockford Airport Lounge and Restaurant. When I would get in the back seat of their cute little ‘Thunderbird’ it would be piled high with beautifully wrapped gifts. Just for me! Chanel Perfume that I never, ever, could afford to buy for myself, and an adorable Pendleton red plaid wool circle skirt are just a couple of the favorites I remember. They also told me I could order anything on the menu. Those Lobster Tails and Filets are the best I have ever had, maybe because of the memories! That’s what made Mike so special, he came from a loving, kind and generous family. They didn’t have to spoil me so much to gain my love for them, but I knew that brought them joy and I knew they were doing this for Mike. I soon found out where Mike got his warm, loving and caring heart.

Well, Mike informed his mother that upon discharge from the Navy he was going to purchase a motorcycle and ride it home from the Navel base in Virginia she was furious and wouldn’t hear of it. He eased her fears by calling and saying he bought something with four wheels and she needn’t worry about him driving home. When he arrived, he was in a little red ‘old’ Austin Healy convertible with NO top! Rain, sun, wind, whatever, he drove it all the way home with his STUFF piled in it. Now you have to imagine Mike is 6’3” tall, his head sticks out over the windshield and when I get in, I am only 5’2” tall and can’t even reach the peddles. Yup, this was definitely a future family car! I lived with my folks between Rockford and Belvidere North of Highway 20 so when Mike would leave after spending the evening with my family, we could hear his loud muffler on the car travel down towards the highway and my mom and I would always have a good chuckle teasing him that we could tell if he turned towards his parents house to the west or turned east towards Frank Gays Marque Strip bar (it was quite popular back in in those days)! He believed us always saying he went straight home! He was fun to tease, I loved it!

Before Mike serves his last year in the Navy, we have pretty much made our wedding plans. During one of his furloughs we finally officially become engaged and can be openly excited about it this time. No one is surprised, but it’s an exciting time for us. I remember we wrote so many letters back and forth during those years he was away and the mom’s and I sent many boxes of cookies and chips. I wish I had saved all those letters, but in time they disappeared and of course I had no idea they should have been cherished. Our daughters would have loved reading them at a future time in their life. He also came home with two keepsakes. One I was happy about and one I was embarrassed about. He had an oil portrait made of me in Spain from my senior picture, the other, well it was inked into his upper arm and the likeness was familiar and the name on the ribbon across it said “TERRY”, but she was TOPLESS!!!! What was he thinking? (I wouldn’t let him wear short sleeves for a LONG time).

We marry on Mike’s mom and dad’s (Les & Eva’s) 25th wedding anniversary in September after his discharge. We thought it would be neat to celebrate our 25th anniversary on their 50th. My most vivid memory of our wedding was when I took Mike’s hand at the alter and his hand was ICE COLD! I’m told later by the best man that the previous evening, the guys took him out for a night on the town and they closed up the Ten Stoop Bar of Broadway! They have to carry a 6’3” passed out groom-to-be home and figure out how they are going to get him to church the next day. Several cold showers later, I am standing next to this literally freezing cold ‘love of my life’ soon to be husband who will be some day be the father of my children and pray he thaws out!! We danced to Jolie’ Jorgensen Swedish Band at the Harmony Club and had our fill of food, fun and beer. We drove that night to the Wisconsin Dells Coach Light Motel for our honeymoon (when I saw it was being auctioned off a few years ago it brought back a lot of memories). After a few days up north we settled into our town house apartment in Loves Park with the new huge Spanish style bedroom set we bought on layaway from House of Lindberg and the rest of the apartment was furnished with ‘not second’ hand furniture, but ‘third hand’ furniture for the living room from his Aunt Mia. We used his mom and dad’s round red wood table and benches for a kitchen table. We loved it, we were in love! I was still working for the same company and Mike was working for a company downtown until he decided he wanted to test for the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. He felt that’s where his heart’s desire was and he wanted to be a part of making our community a better place for his future children, nieces and nephews to grow up in.

We all had struggles then, but we were happy and full of love. We had no clue there was a storm brewing!

“I’d like to brush the gray from out of your skies and leave them only blue“.<Edgar Guest>

The Journey continues, but until then, I wish you peace along yours,

Terry L. Mayborne, President
Support for Homicide Survivors
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From the Desk of the Executive Director

The first thing I want to do as Ex. Dir. of SHS is to thank everyone for their support for SHS, Terry Mayborne and me. The idea to start a new organization at my age entered into my thoughts, but I knew I had to continue the battle to help victims. This cause has driven my life for over 30 years, how could I stop while I still had life in me? I talked to family members, friends and called Terry to ask her to join me. She said yes to coming on board to be the President and Cherry Simpson said she’d help in anyway too. Within two weeks we had SHS up and running. We appreciate all of you for our growth and continuing accomplishments.

This week I spent at our Capitol working for legislation for victims and their rights. I gave testimony for Sen. John Millner to Sen.Bill 2151, which puts limits on juvenile sex offenders similar to adult offenders. It would mean limits to where the juveniles could be, what groups they could join all to keep child safe. Once again if this bill were law years ago my Vicki would be alive today. Sen. Millner is a dear friend of many years, I love him and all the things he’s done over the years for victims and me.

I talked to Rep. Jim Durkin about the problems of people sentenced to mental facilities. He has introduced legislation which will end all the fears victims have whose offenders are given this sentence. This will include notification upon release.

I’m back to Springfield again next week for final bills introductions. We will support Rep. Reboletti’s bill House Bill 263 that creates a murder registration. We believe this would be the first of it’s kind in the country. I will give testimony to this bill and will support the victims of the crimes which brought the need for this law. Rep Reboletti has helped us numerous times to stop early release of violent offenders. He is a champion for victims.

Some others of the upcoming bills are from the Senate; 1338, 1339, 1340, 1341, 1560, 1561, 1562 and 1563 all pertaining to stopping early releases of inmates, sponsored by Sen. Kirk Dillard. I will testify to these as needed.

House bill 1237 sponsored by Rep. Mayfield, is to give special training on victim sensitivity. Her dedication to victims makes her one of our new allies. Rep. Cunningham is a new Representative, who is sponsoring House bill 277, which will stop sex offenders from bothering victims. He is another great friend for victims. SHS will give full support to both needed legislation.

Years ago the Victim Constitutional Amendment was passed into law. I helped the then Atty. General, Roland Burris, travel throughout the state to get this voted for. But, still victims are not receiving all their rights! This year SHS with numerous victim organizations and advocates are pushing for HJRCA, sponsored by Rep Lou Lang and many other legislators that will strengthen the rights of victims. This would appear on the ballots for 2012 for citizens to vote into law.

It always amazes me, as we think we’ve changed all necessary laws, more are needed for victims’ safety and well being. This was one of the driving forces in my decision to starting a new organization at almost 65 years of age. I have never given a second or doubtful thought to my helping start Support for Homicide Survivors. With your continuing support and prayers I’ll be doing victim work until my 100th birthday. Then might be the time I will think about retire!

With my respect and very best to all our friends and supporters,

Dora Larson

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Jon Leiberman TrueFACTS special guest Murder Victim Lacey Gaines’ Aunt Cherry

murder victim Lacey GainesOn Thurday March 2, 2011 at 7pm our Cherry Simpson web-designer and Murder victim Lacey Gaines’ Aunt was a guest on the new radio show with host Jon Leiberman, you know him from AMW for last 6.5 years now has own company;

Jon Leiberman

Phone 443.904.5574
Fax: 646.454.9062

http://www.dqrm.com/programs.htm click on true facts thursday at 7pm

Who killed Lacey? Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL – call in if you have info on Lacey’s case.


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Times Up Crime Victims Blog talks about SHS

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Letter to 97th General Assembly (Concerning HB 0098 Carry Conceal Correctional Officers)

Distinguished Members of the 97th General Assembly,

I would like to take this opportunity to advise each of you that in 2010 the state of Illinois lost 10 officers due to in the line of duty deaths making Illinois equal in Officer Fatalities with the state of California and the entire U.S. Government. We believe it is important to speak on this fact simply because the State and County Correctional officers in Illinois are still prohibited from protecting themselves and more importantly their families when they are off duty and away from armed catwalk and tower Officers who protect them while on duty. Therefore, we realized that we would have to make legislative changes to protect these law enforcement officials from reprisals that paroled or discharged offenders seek as means of revenge.

We have drafted HB 0098 in the hopes that you as elected officials would look upon this with favor and allow us this choice if the situation would ever present itself. Certainly it is our hope that these incidents would not occur but they do and at an ever increasing rate as we see with the obvious assault on police with the daily updates of fatalities. January 28th – February 2nd 2011 has produced three Correctional Officers killed due to their assigned duties for security, custody and control of the institutions and the inmates they have been charged with supervising.

Ladies and Gentlemen I could continue with facts, figures and stories of sacrifice and loss from all jurisdictions of Illinois Law Enforcement but in the end the decision to approve this legislation is in your hands. I would be very naive to believe that with the state of the budget and the pending fiscal decisions in front of all of you, that this would be placed very high on the list of pending legislative priorities. However, I can leave you with these facts to hopefully provide some legitimacy to our request:

  1. There is no funding needed to implement this legislation, just the opposite, funds will be brought to the ILETSB due to qualification fees paid by the officers.
  2. Every officer involved in this legislation has already received firearms training that exceed what is required according to current ILCS. (ILETSB firearm certification is mandatory at all Correctional Officer training facilities statewide.)
  3. Correctional Officers perform the tasks of keeping persons that are deemed unfit for society with medical care, education and rules that were put in place by your predecessors to ensure safety of the citizens of Illinois.

Currently, HB 0098 is in the House Executive Committee and is awaiting a hearing date. Our supporters of this legislation will be present for committee testimony and will answer any and all questions in regards to training, reasoning, and need for this proposed bill. We really appreciate your time and consideration on this matter.


James E. Simmons, President
2nd Vice President Illinois F.O.P State Lodge
Fraternal Order of Police Corrections Lodge #263

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Dora Larson

I am so honored to work with the people on the SHS Board and our Web Master.  They are outstanding, caring people who are devoted to helping victims and insuring victims receive their rights.  Some of them have faced violent crime or murder in their lifes and yet they continue to support victims.  They are my heroes who I appreciate very much.

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True Crime Stories & Support Group for Homicide Survivors: Upcoming Crime Prevention 101 Radio Show


True Crime Stories & Support Group for Homicide Survivors: Upcoming Crime Prevention 101 Radio Show.

Dora Larson is guest on Crime Prevention 101 with host Susan Bartlestone. You may download or podcast.

Also on show is famous True Crime Author Dennis N. Griffin also host of CrimeWireSite.com and Statement Analysist Peter Hyatt. Dora and Peter are also a friends of Crimewire.

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Tracking homicides in Chicago – RedEye | ChicagoNow

Tracking homicides in Chicago – RedEye | ChicagoNow.

Tracking homicides in Chicago is an ongoing project of the RedEye. This site is updated regularly with information from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Breaking News Center. Information is subject to change. Data points appear Thursdays in RedEye’s print edition.

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Unsolved Crimes

Illinois State Police Unsolved Crimes. If you have any information regarding the crimes listed below, please contact the appropriate authorities, or send an e-mail to CRIMETIPS@isp.state.il.us.

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House Bill: H.R. 3153 [110th]: Death Penalty for Cop Killers Act of 2007

In 2007 H.R. 3153: Death Penalty for Cop Killers Act of 2007 was introduced. This Bill was going to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide to make the killing of a law enforcement officer an aggravating factor for the imposition of the death penalty. It was sent to the House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, but it never went any further and has since died.

There were 125 duty related deaths in 2009. That is the fewest line-of-duty deaths since 1959, when there were 108.

However, the number of officers shot and killed surged 26 percent, from 39 in 2008 to 49 in 2009. More than 30 percent of 2009′s shooting fatalities—15 in all—occurred in five separate incidents in which more than one officer was gunned down by a single offender.

As of today (2-6-2010) There have been 7 Officers killed by Gun Fire, which is up 600% from last year at this time. What does this mean? That the criminals of today are more violent then ever before; and that if these individuals will shoot and kill a Peace Officer, they would not think twice in killing a citizen (you).

We need to act now, and we need to act fast to make sure that these violent criminals are dealt with accordingly. We need to get Congress to resubmit H.R. 3153 [110th]: Death Penalty for Cop Killers Act of 2007, and make sure it gets passed this time around. We as a Society want to be protected, but who is Protecting our Protectors? It’s time to stand up and say; Enough is Enough!

Here is text from Bill submitted in 2007:

HR 3153 IH 110th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 3153

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide to make the killing of a law enforcement officer an aggravating factor for the imposition of the death penalty.

July 24, 2007 Mr. GERLACH introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary A BILL To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide to make the killing of a law enforcement officer an aggravating factor for the imposition of the death penalty. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Death Penalty for Cop Killers Act of 2007′.
Section 3592(c) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after paragraph (16) the following:

(17) KILLING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER- The defendant killed or attempted to kill a person who is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detention, investigation, or prosecution of any criminal violation of law; or to arrest or prosecute an individual for any such violation’.

You can also go to the Discussion Board area; there you will find the complete text of the Bill, as well as contact information for your state representatives.

Please contact your legislators, and tell them to resubmit this bill.


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Bill Would Require Murder Registry In Illinois « CBS Chicago

Bill Would Require Murder Registry In Illinois « CBS Chicago.

Bill Would Require Murder Registry In Illinois

January 25, 2011 3:02 PM

Justin Boulay

Justin Boulay, 33, was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 1999 for strangling his girlfriend. He is scheduled to be released soon after serving 12 years. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

CHICAGO (WBBM) – In reaction to the recent parole of a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend at Eastern Illinois University in 1998, a state lawmaker wants to create a registry specifically for those convicted of first degree murder before so-called “truth in sentencing” laws took effect.

Parolees on murder convictions who move to Illinois from other states also would be required to register under the bill, introduced by State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst).

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The measure was prompted by the release Nov. 16 of 32-year-old Justin Boulay, after serving half of a 24-year sentence for the February 1998 murder of his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Andrea Will.

Boulay and Will were students at Eastern Illinois University. Boulay lured Will to his apartment on the pretext of giving her an early birthday gift and then strangled her with a telephone cord.

Will had ended the abusive relationship three months earlier.

“My life changed forever,” said Will’s mother, Patricia Rosenberg, of Batavia, who appeared with Will’s former roommate, Michelle Felde, of Arlington Heights. They stood by Reboletti’s side as he announced the filing of the bill.

Rosenberg said she was angry when denied a chance to read a victim impact statement at sentencing in 1999, and outraged when told by state officials that there was nothing she could do to prevent the parole of Boulay.

The bill would require those who killed in Illinois before June 1998, and convicted murderers who move to Illinois after leaving prison, to report their whereabouts to state officials for 10 years after release.

“I was not able to protect my child from what happened to her, but this bill may help to protect someone else,” Rosenberg said.

The bill provides for an additional prison sentence of one to six years for those who fail to register.

The bill is HB263.

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Winnebago County Homicide Survivor Support Group


The next group will meet on Wednesday, February16th at 5:30p.m.

7th Floor Winnebago County Courthouse

We have entered the month of love and romance and your heart is broken.

Please join us to talk about it.

Please contact Barb or Jody at (815)319-4700

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Senator Brady: Victim’s advocate needed on Prisoner Review Board

New Illinois Support for Homicide Survivors Organization

Dora Larson, Senator Mike Jacobs, Agent James Simmons, Senator Bill Brady

An organization created to fight for homicide survivors is enlisting the support of Senator Bill Brady.

The newly-formed Support for Homicide Survivors (SHS) group will work to raise public and legislative support for homicide survivors, including support at parole and clemency hearings, and legislative changes for victims and their rights, according to SHS Executive Director Dora Larson (at left in photo).

At a news conference February 8 in the Capitol, Senator Brady said he supports new legislation to place a victim’s advocate on the state’s Prisoner Review Board.

“It’s a first step that needs to be taken, particularly over the last couple years as we have seen people released from prison and put back into society without the knowledge of the victims or the survivors,” Senator Brady said. “I applaud the efforts of this organization for doing that.”

SHS also recognized James Simmons with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (at podium in photo) for his work on behalf of crime victims.

“This is a very humbling experience for me; however, this is not about me. Let me give you some numbers that I was going over in my head, and actually verified before I came here today,” Simmons said. “For the past five years, Illinois has averaged over 750 homicides. For the past five years, Illinois has averaged over 4,000 rapes. For the past five years, Illinois has averaged over 64,000 violent offenses.”

More information about the Support for Homicide Survivors group is available at http://supportforhomicidesurvivors.com/.

Also attending the press conference was Senator Mike Jacobs of East Moline (second from left in photo).

Dora Larson, executive director and co-founder of Support for Homicide Survivors, speaks about her organization’s position on the death penalty.

Agent James Simmons, 2nd VP. of State and President, of F.O.P. IDOC Lodge #263, for the Victims of the State of Illinois receives SHS award and speaks on the death penalty.

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For Immediate Release:

Press Release, 2/8/2011, 12:00PM Springfield, IL

Dora Larson and Terry Mayborne are proud to announce the formation of a new organization, Support for Homicide Survivors (SHS).

These women have a combined 41 years working with victims of crime. Their philosophy has always been that victims’ rights should be considered of equal –if not greater– importance compared to those who commit murder.

Ms. Larson, who will be Executive Director of SHS, 10 yr old daughter, Vicki, was raped and murdered in 1979. Ms. Mayborne, who will be the President of SHS, husband, Mike, a Winnebago County Detective Michael E. Mayborne, EOW 3/15/74, was shot and killed while on duty in 1974.

Some of the goals of SHS are, Continuing support for homicide survivors, which includes support at parole and clemency hearings and to work for legislative changes for victims and their rights.

SHS’s first legislative improvement will be for HB 199, sponsored by Representative Tom Cross, this bill will put a victim or victim advocate on the Prisoner Review Board. Ms. Larson has worked closely with Representative Tom Cross and his staff to make this bill reality.

We will produce a bi-monthly newsletter for all interested parties. We will run a victim’s voice in each publication. Our first six victims will be unsolved homicides. The first will be the facts of Lacey Claire Gaines Murder Case #09-06670 Justice, IL on December 7, 2009.

It will be our honor and pleasure to present the 1st Annual SHS Award honoring the dedicated service of Agent James Simmons, 2nd VP. of State and President, of F.O.P. IDOC Lodge #263, for the Victims of the State of Illinois. Agent Simmons will be the first recipient of this distinguished award from “Support for Homicide Survivor’s”. SHS recognizes his dedicated commitment to see that victims in the State of Illinois are not forgotten. He has supported victims issues and fought for legislation that helps to bring forth the Rights of Victims.

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