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Attorney asks to withdraw from case of Crystal Lake mother appealing conviction in killing of 5-year-old son

An attorney has asked to withdraw from representing the Crystal Lake mother serving a 35-year prison sentence for killing her son, AJ Freund, in her post-conviction appeal. JoAnn Cunningham, 40, formerly of Crystal Lake, filed a post-conviction petition in McHenry County Circuit Court in late March 2022. Cunningham filed the petition pro se, meaning on […]

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Judge dismisses mother of AJ Freund’s post-conviction petition, says it has no merit

The Crystal Lake mother serving a 35-year prison sentence for killing her son, AJ Freund, had her post-conviction petition denied on Wednesday by a judge, who said she had no merit in her petition. JoAnn Cunningham, 39, formerly of Crystal Lake, filed a post-conviction petition in McHenry County Circuit Court in late March. Cunningham filed […]

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Mother of AJ Freund files post-conviction petition, says she had been ‘seeing demons’ at time of her son’s killing

The Crystal Lake mother serving a 35-year prison sentence for killing her son, AJ Freund, has filed a post-conviction petition, saying that she had been seeing demons and believed she and her son were possessed. JoAnn Cunningham, 39, formerly of Crystal Lake, filed a post-conviction petition in McHenry County Circuit Court earlier this week. Cunningham […]

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‘What AJ suffered was a corner of hell’: state’s attorney discusses plea deal given to father of AJ Freund

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said what AJ Freund suffered leading up to his murder “was a corner of hell” as he discussed the plea deal accepted by the boy’s father on Friday. Kenneally held a press conference Friday evening following the guilty plea of Andrew Freund Sr., who was sentenced to 30 years […]

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Andrew Freund Sr. expected to accept plea deal on Friday in murder of his son

Andrew Freund Sr., who was charged with killing his 5-year-old son AJ Freund, is expected to formally accept a plea deal on Friday. Freund, 60, appeared briefly Wednesday morning in a McHenry County courtroom for a trial date status hearing. Freund’s attorney, Special Public Defender Henry Sugden, told McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt that they […]

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JoAnn Cunningham transferred to downstate prison to serve her 35-year sentence

JoAnn Cunningham has been sent to a downstate Illinois prison to serve her 35-year sentence for the murder of her 5-year-old Crystal Lake son, AJ Freund. Cunningham, 37, formerly of Crystal Lake, was transferred to Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on Tuesday, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Records show she is expected to […]