July 24, 2020
JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Devon Herron, 24, of Joliet was sentenced to 38 years in prison by Circuit Judge David Carlson for the brutal stabbing on July 25, 2016, of a then 65-year-old man near the Metra train station at East Jefferson and Richards Streets in Joliet. Herron previously served prison time for aggravated battery in a separate occurrence that also took place on July 25, 2016, the same date as the attempted murder for which he was convicted in this case. Herron also previously had been convicted of residential burglary, a forcible felony, in Cook County.
Immediately before the July 2016 stabbing at issue here, Herron had approached the victim, asking “you’re not from around here, are you?” He then stabbed the victim multiple times in the neck, shoulder, stomach, shoulder, back, chest and forearm. Later, Herron told others he believed he fatally stabbed the man in the neck with a knife. Following a bench trial, Herron was found guilty on January 16, 2020, on two counts of attempted murder, a Class X felony, and four counts of aggravated battery, a Class 1 felony. Because the victim was over the age of 60 at the time of the attack, the potential maximum sentence was doubled from 30 to 60 years. Herron will receive approximately three years’ credit (1096 days) for time served.
“This was a brutal, savage, and unprovoked attack on a defenseless senior citizen who was simply walking to his brother’s house,” Glasgow said. “This compassionless assailant showed no mercy in repeatedly stabbing this 65-year-old man for his own twisted gratification and leaving him for dead. Prison will now entomb this demonic predator for at least the next three plus decades.”
Glasgow praised Assistant State’s Attorneys Tom Slazyk and Tom Bahar, Victim Witness Services Director Nichole Pasteris, and Donna White and Albert Bailey for their expertise, hard work, and dedication throughout the course of the prosecution.
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