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murder, Naperville criminal defense attorney, criminal defense, emojis, criminal convictionA United States judge recently sentenced an Illinois man to nine years in jail for using emojis to give aid in the killing of a wealthy woman from Chicago who was on vacation in Indonesia. Court files describe how the defendant sent a “high-five” symbol to his cousin and his girlfriend after they murdered the Chicago woman by bludgeoning her to death with a fruit-stand handle. The killers then stuffed the body inside of a suitcase.

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The prosecution's theory of the case was that the defendant offered the tips on how to complete the murder in exchange for a cut of the victim's inheritance money. The victim was the mother of the defendant’s cousin’s girlfriend. The state is seeking a nine to 11-year sentence.

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Concealment of Death Vs. Concealment of a HomicideRecently, a former Algonquin, Illinois resident pled not guilty to a number of crimes, including murder and the concealment of a homicide, according to the Chicago Tribune. The trial is ongoing at this time of this writing. While murder is the most serious type of crime, and first-degree murder is the most severely punishable type of murder charge, concealment of a homicide is a very serious offense in and of itself. However, there is a difference between concealment of a homicide and concealment of a death.

Concealment of Death

The difference between concealment of death and concealment of a homicide is that concealment of death involves a death that did not occur by means of murder. According to Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/9-3.5, concealment of death occurs when a person knowingly conceals the death of any other person who died by other than homicidal means.” Concealment of death is defined as more than simply withholding information. By concealing a death, the defendant is charged with allegedly performing an act to either prevent or delay the discovery of that death. Concealment of death is a class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Concealment of death occurs when a person:

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, violent crimeHomicide, murder, and manslaughter are familiar terms, and people often use them somewhat interchangeably to describe killing. But under Illinois law, they actually have different meanings, which can sometimes be confusing.

In Illinois, the term “homicide” means the killing of another person. Murder and manslaughter are types of homicide. Depending on the circumstances, homicide may or may not be a crime. Homicides are considered justifiable if there was a reason to kill the other person, such as self-defense or defending another person. If the homicide was justifiable, it is not a crime. Murder and manslaughter, however, are both criminal offenses in Illinois.

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crime rate, Illinois defense attorney, Crime studyWomen living in Naperville can sleep safe tonight; this is because, according to a recent study, Naperville is the safest city for women. The study concentrated on statistics of predominantly gender based crime, such as forcible rape, however, it also looked at murder and stalking statistics. Researchers did not study domestic violence crimes because it was difficult to find accurate information on the crimes.

Specifics of the Study

Researchers looked at 285 cities with at least 100,000 residents in arriving at Naperville’s ranking. Conversely, the researchers ranked Anchorage, Alaska the most dangerous city for women. The Naperville police chief attributed the high rank in safety to effective community programs, such as school education programs on sexual assault and domestic violence, which seek to collaborate with the community in order to prevent crime. Some of the other community education and partnership programs that the Naperville police department has implemented include burglary prevention, and the BASSET program aimed at teaching how to serve alcohol in a responsible manner.

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gunEvery year, law enforcement agents seize guns from crime scenes.  These guns are often illegally obtained and used by criminals to commit crimes.  But the ATF has initiated a free database that tracks gun ownership from the first sale to any illegal activities.  The database tracks where the guns have been and can be helpful in solving crimes. Senator Dick Durbin has urged police departments in Illinois to report held guns to the database.  Less than half of law enforcement organizations in Illinois currently use the database.  Nationwide, one third of agencies report their recovered guns. The service itself is free and easy to use.  Unfortunately, it is not as useful without receiving information from the recovered guns.  This is why Durbin has introduced the Crime Gun Tracing Act.  It would incentivize the use of the database by only offering federal grants to those departments that report all their guns. "The information gleaned from a trace can help generate leads in identifying the person who used the gun to commit a crime and, when all guns in an area are traced, it can help law enforcement identify broader crime gun trends and trafficking patterns," Durbin said. "[This bill] will aid that fight by encouraging law enforcement to trace every single gun used in a violent crime." Illinois State Sheriff Tom Dart has also voiced his support of Durbin’s new initiative.  He sees the eTrace program as a way to spot patterns of how criminals get illegal guns.   Violent crimes are especially prevalent in the city of Chicago, where it seems like news headlines talk about violence everyday. If you are accused of killing another person, either intentionally or unintentionally, it is important to seek legal representation.  Homicide is the most serious offense and carries the largest potential penalties.  Don’t play around when the stakes are this high, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in St. Charles today.

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