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McHenry man found guilty of killing wife in botched murder-suicide

Anthony Harrison, 33, of McHenry.

Anthony Harrison, the McHenry man who called 911 in 2016 and told the dispatcher that he killed his wife two days before, has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick D. Kenneally said that Harrison, 33, of McHenry, called 911 on June 6, 2016, after he tried to commit suicide by slitting his throat.

When the 911 dispatcher asked if anyone else was in the house, Harrison said that his wife, Laura Harrison, was there but she was dead. The dispatcher asked how she died and he said that he killed her two days earlier, court records show.

Kenneally said that when police arrived, Harrison once again told them he killed his wife. Police officers found Laura Harrison dead in the basement laundry room. She had been stabbed, beaten and strangled, prosecutors said.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said that within hours of murdering his wife, Harrison purchased items to try and conceal or destroy evidence of the murder.

“It also appeared that Harrison intended to burn down the house with Laura’s body inside,” Kenneally added.

Harrison faces 20 to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. His sentencing hearing is on November 16.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Robert Zalud, Randi Freese and Scott Jacobson. The McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team (MIAT) and the McHenry Police Department investigated the case.

Lake & McHenry County Scanner Staff

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