A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a “vicious attack” and attempted carjacking on a motorist that left the victim injured in the parking lot of a CVS in McHenry.
Cory M. Wolf, 44, of McHenry, was charged in April 2020 with attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated battery in a public place and two counts of criminal damage to property.
A grand jury later indicted Wolf on an additional charge of aggravated battery.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said that Wolf physically attacked a man in the parking lot of the CVS, 3900 Elm Street in McHenry, just after midnight on April 16, 2020.
Wolf caused bodily harm to the victim by striking him in the face and neck numerous times, causing a bloody nose and lacerations, the complaint said.
Wolf then threw the victim to the pavement, causing cuts and lacerations to the victim’s arms, the complaint said.
During the attack, Wolf, who was wearing a mask, indicated he was armed with a gun and attempted to steal the victim’s car keys and 2013 Ford Focus, the complaint said.
The victim’s vehicle and another person’s vehicle incurred damage during the incident, court records show.
Prosecutors said the incident was captured on video surveillance and officers arrested Wolf the same night.
Wolf was appointed a public defender and his bond was initially set at $50,000 but reduced to $30,000, court records show.
He was released from the McHenry County Jail at the end of March, nearly three years after his arrest, after someone posted 10% of his bond.
A bench trial was held in early May and McHenry County Judge James Cowlin found Wolf guilty on all charges except for one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property.
Cowlin described the evidence against Wolf as overwhelming with the video evidence corroborating that Wolf was “lying in wait” for the victim before the “vicious attack.”
Wolf’s bond was revoked following the verdict and a sentencing hearing took place Thursday.
Cowlin sentenced Wolf to 10 years in prison for the attempted aggravated robbery charge and six years in prison for the aggravated battery charge, court records show.
The two sentences will be served concurrently, meaning Wolf will be released after the longest sentence ends, which is the 10-year sentence.
Wolf will receive credit for over 1,100 days already served in the county jail. He will be required to serve the 10-year sentence at 50% in accordance with truth-in-sentencing guidelines.
During the sentencing hearing, Cowlin denied Wolf’s request for a new trial.
Wolf remains held in the McHenry County Jail awaiting transport to the Illinois Department of Corrections.