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Former McHenry nurse sentenced to life in prison in cold case murder of disabled woman found brutally tortured

A former McHenry nurse was sentenced Monday to life in prison after being convicted of murdering a young McHenry woman whose body was found brutally abused in a cornfield in 1999. In November 2019, the Racine County, Wis. Sheriff announced that an unidentified body found in 1999 had been identified as McHenry resident Peggy Lynn […]

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Judge sentences 2 Jehovah’s Witnesses elders to court supervision, community service for failing to report sexual assault

Two Jehovah’s Witnesses elders in Crystal Lake convicted of failing to report a child who was being sexually assaulted have been sentenced to court supervision and community service. Michael Penkava, 72, of the 0-100 block of Franklin Avenue in Crystal Lake, and Colin Scott, 88, of the 300 block of Krenz Avenue in Cary, were […]

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‘We are disappointed in the ruling,’ family of AJ Freund says in statement after Cunningham sentenced

AJ Freund’s family said that they are “disappointed and saddened” that a judge sentenced JoAnn Cunningham to only 35 years in prison for murdering the young boy. “We, the family of our beloved Andrew (AJ), are disappointed and saddened by the ruling of the Judge,” AJ Freund’s family, besides his parents, said in a statement […]

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‘I am a child of god,’ JoAnn Cunningham says at her sentencing hearing for the murder of AJ Freund

JoAnn Cunningham gave a tearful statement during her sentencing hearing in the murder of her son, AJ Freund, and said that she is a “child of God” and asked forgiveness. Her sentencing hearing began on Thursday with McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt presiding over the case. Cunningham, 37, of Crystal Lake, pleaded guilty in December […]