A convicted murderer was ordered held on a $500,000 bond after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman who had obtained an order of protection against him, prosecutors said.
William Pressley, 46, of Waukegan, was charged with harassment by telephone and harassment by electronic communication.
A woman was granted an order of protection against Pressley on May 31.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Emma Smoler said Pressley called the victim repeatedly while she was in court that day.
He allegedly then went to her Waukegan home and rang her Ring doorbell camera.
While standing in front of the doorbell camera, Pressley threatened the woman by saying she would end up dead, Smoler said.
Pressley continued calling the victim days after and threatened her by saying she was “not going to see it coming” and she “was going to get it,” Smoler said.
He also allegedly told the woman, “b–ch, you’re going to end up dead, b–ch.”
Pressley had not been served with the order of protection until he was arrested last Monday.
Smoler asked the court to impose a minimum of a $500,000 bond due to “escalating violence” by Pressley.
Pressley is a convicted felon and also has two additional criminal cases that are active and pending in Lake County Circuit Court.
Court records show Pressley was charged with murder in 2006 for his role in the killing of a 26-year-old Waukegan man on September 22, 2005, in Gurnee.
Pressley and two others entered into negotiated plea deals in the case by pleading guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for their first-degree murder charges being dismissed.
Pressley entered into his plea deal in November 2008 and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Pressley held on a $500,000 bond for his latest charges.
Pressley remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $50,000 cash in order to be released.