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Former Chicago cop found guilty of killing his wife at their Spring Grove home

Lorin Volberding, 74, of Spring Grove.

A 74-year-old man, who is a former Chicago police officer, was found guilty Wednesday of fatally shooting his wife at their Spring Grove home in 2017.

Lorin Volberding, 74, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder by McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge.

Prosecutors said that Volberding called his neighbor around 12:30 p.m. on February 3, 2017 and left a voicemail stating that he shot and killed his wife.

The neighbor called the Spring Grove Grove Police Department and officers were dispatched to the couple’s home in the 10800 block of East Riveria Drive.

A brief standoff ensued between police and Volberding before officers made entry into the home. Police found 68-year-old Elizabeth Volberding’s body on the kitchen floor.

She was pronounced dead after suffering a single gunshot wound, prosecutors said. Evidence presented at trial showed that Lorin shot Elizabeth during a domestic dispute, the McHenry County State’s Attorney said.

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The Northwest Herald reported that Volberding’s firearm owner’s identification card was revoked after he barricaded himself and his wife in their house in 2017 and threatened to kill her.

Volberding will be sentenced on March 25. He faces a minimum sentence of 45 years in prison and will be required to serve 100 percent of the sentence he receives, according to truth-in-sentencing guidelines.

The case was investigated by the Spring Grove Police Department with the assistance of the Major Investigation Assistance Team (MIAT) and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs and Michelle Clesceri.


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