State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Convicted Felon Devon Herron Sentenced to 38 Years for Attempted Murder of Senior Citizen in 2016

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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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Will County Children’s Advocacy Center To Receive Three Grants Totaling $604,000

July 7, 2020

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) has been selected to receive three grants for programs to help children who have endured sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, sexual exploitation, child pornography, neglect, and exposure to violence.

The largest grant, totaling $504,000, is a Victim of Crime Assistance (VOCA) Continuation Grant administered through the Children’s Advocacy Center of Illinois to provide critical forensic interviews, victim advocacy, and trauma-focused therapy services to child victims of abuse, and their non-offending caregivers. The additional two grants, awarded by the National Children’s Alliance through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Justice, will provide $75,000 to expand resources for the victims of child pornography and child sex exploitation, and $25,000 to expand mental health services.

“These significant grants will enable the CAC to continue its mission of providing hope, healing and justice for young victims of sexual abuse and assault,” Glasgow said. “We rely upon grants like this to help us continue evolving with creative programs and offerings to meet the needs of our communities as we help victims on their paths to reclaiming their lives.”

Under the VOCA program, monies paid as penalties by those convicted of federal crimes goes into an account called the Crime Victims Fund. Congress passes this money to the states, which allocate the money to Children’s Advocacy Centers and other organizations that serve crime victims.  

“Since I founded the CAC in 1995, we have helped more than 9,500 children through the services we offer, and the numbers continue to grow,” Glasgow said. “Throughout its 25-year history, the CAC has continued to expand upon the services it has provided to serve the needs of vulnerable, innocent children who have suffered at the hands of soulless predators, whether those predators abuse children in the home or profit from children through vicious commercial human trafficking,” Glasgow said. 

The National Children’s Alliance, which awarded the two remaining grants, is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers. The $75,000 grant will help the CAC in its efforts to combat child pornography and child sex exploitation.

“The CAC’s commitment to ‘Cherish All Children’ extends to doing all we can to address the scourge of child trafficking, sexual exploitation and pornography. That’s why I established the Child Sexual Exploitation Coalition to develop a countywide response to child sexual exploitation,” Glasgow said.  “Child victims of trafficking are recruited, transported, transferred, or harbored for the express purpose of exploitation. Traffickers often exploit children’s vulnerabilities. They brutally take away these children’s innocence for their own commercial profit.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that the CAC has received the National Children’s Alliance grant to address child sexual exploitation and pornography. The grant also will help expand law enforcement’s accessibility to the Children’s Advocacy Center and its services, develop a public service campaign to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation, and fund a specially trained child sexual exploitation and advocacy coordinator to handle these types of cases.

Finally, the $25,000 mental health services grant will help expand the CAC’s trauma-focused mental health services to the eastern areas of Will County. This will help eliminate distance, wait time and financial barriers for families who receive mental health services. 

“The award of these highly competitive grants demonstrates the exceptional services provided by the Will County CAC,” Glasgow said. 

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces 22-Year Prison Sentence in Predatory Criminal Child Sexual Assault Case

June 12, 2020

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 52-year-old Lockport resident Candido Cordero was sentenced today to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of an eight-year-old child in the child’s home. The sentence also includes lifetime sex offender registration. 

“This demonic sexual predator took advantage of this innocent child for his own twisted gratification and will now be behind bars where he will have no access to defenseless children,” Glasgow said. “Children have an absolute right to feel safe in their own home.”

Cordero pled guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony, for conduct that occurred in the bathroom while the boy was showering when Cordero was a guest at the child’s home. Judge Daniel Kennedy accepted Cordero’s guilty plea under the plea agreement, and Cordero was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Under state law, he must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.

“Child sexual assault and abuse occurs across race, religion, and class,” Glasgow said. “That’s why I established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center to provide hope, healing, and justice to abused youngsters. The CAC’s Multidisciplinary Team engages in a collaborative approach to taking the child’s statement, which protects the integrity of the information gathered and allows prosecutors and investigators to thoroughly assess possible criminal offenses that may have been committed. Further, advocates help the children and non-offending family members navigate the process, and trauma-focused therapists provide counseling to help overcome the impact of the abuse. We even have a Paws-4-Kids program that provides therapy dogs to help comfort the children.”

Glasgow praised Assistant State’s Attorneys Kelly Tebo and Mary Fillipitch, Will County CAC Forensic Interviewer Jackie Lundquist, Victim Witness Advocate Jessica Gil, Will County CAC Trauma Therapist Lorraine Guerrero Nuemayer, Will County Sheriff Deputy Chris Erickson, and State’s Attorney’s Office Secretary Traci Knutson for their dedication and hard work.

The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center currently is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since its founding by State’s Attorney Glasgow in 1995, the CAC has served more than 9,500 children.

State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces 15 Problem Solving Court Participants Graduate In Four Ceremonies Held Over Past Week

June 10, 2020

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 15 individuals from Will County’s Problem Solving Courts graduated in four separate ceremonies held over the last week during which family members watched via Zoom. Glasgow commended the graduates for continuing their commitment to the program throughout the challenges posed by Covid-19.

“Our graduates have continued to persevere throughout the pandemic, and we applaud their dedication to continuing on the positive road upon which they embarked through participation in our Problem Solving Courts,” Glasgow said. “These have been challenging times for all of us, and it is a credit to these individuals that they have maintained their efforts throughout this pandemic. Our goal is to help these individuals and, in doing so, keep them out of the criminal justice system and save taxpayer costs. Each of our graduates has demonstrated what they can do with a support system in place.”

The graduation ceremonies for Veterans Court and Adult Redeploy Illinois Court participants were held June 3. Three individuals hailing from Minooka and Frankfort took part in the Veterans Court graduation, and two individuals from Joliet participated in the Adult Redeploy Ceremony. Circuit Judge Daniel Rippy presided over both. On June 4, Circuit Judge Sarah Jones presided over the Drug Court ceremony in which three participants from Bolingbrook, Romeoville, and Richton Park, graduated. The final ceremony, for Mental Health Court participants, took place June 9 with Associate Circuit Judge Frederick Harvey presiding. Seven individuals, hailing from Crest Hill, Joliet, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Plainfield, and Channahon, graduated in this ceremony.

Family members were able to watch each of the ceremonies via Zoom, and each participant was given a signed graduation card from State’s Attorney Glasgow.

“We worked hard to ensure that the graduating participants still had the opportunity to be honored through ceremonies and that their families could share in the celebration even if remotely,” Glasgow said. “All graduates will be invited to the next publicly held graduation to participate in the full ceremony, but we wanted to acknowledge their hard work during these difficult times.”

Glasgow played an integral role in creating each of Will County’s four Problem Solving courts. He spearheaded the creation of the Drug Court – Will County’s first Problem Solving Court – when he wrote and administered the grant that funded its formation. Along with Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney, Glasgow established the Mental Health Court in 2010. He also petitioned for the formation of the Will County Veterans Court, and wrote and obtained the grant for the Redeploy Illinois Court to steer qualifying repeat offenders away from prison and into gainful employment.

State’s Attorney Glasgow also established three residential facilities to further help Problem Solving Court participants on the path to reentry. The Miller Taylor House and Julie Ann House provide temporary housing, and the Connor Kelly Residence which opened in 2019 provides longer-term transitional housing.

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Statement by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow on Passing of County Executive Larry Walsh

June 4, 2020

Joliet – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow issues the following statement on the June 3 passing of Will County Executive Larry Walsh:

“Will County has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of County Executive Larry Walsh. Larry truly loved the people of Will County and worked tirelessly for their benefit. His four terms as County Executive were the final chapter in a lifetime of dedicated service to Will County and the State of Illinois. He touched countless people’s lives and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Irene, Larry’s wife of many decades, and to his entire family. Rest in Peace, Larry Walsh.”

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Statement by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow

June 2, 2020

Joliet –The State’s Attorney’s Office has reviewed the investigative reports and two independent videos regarding the June 1 incident involving Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and the arrests of two individuals in Joliet. No final charging decision can be made until a full and independent investigation is completed. The Office of the State’s Attorney has requested further investigation by an independent third party agency to ensure as in all cases that the interests of justice and fairness are served. The Joliet Police Department agrees and is requesting that the Illinois State Police conduct the investigation to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and ensure a completely transparent process. As our Nation works to mend in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic murder, the State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to guaranteeing justice and absolute integrity in its review of this and all matters.

Glasgow Announces Prosecutor Jeff Brown Named Vice President of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois Board of Directors

May 18, 2020

Joliet – Will County State’s Attorney has announced that Jeff Brown, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Sex Crimes Unit, has been named Vice President of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI). The CACI is the chapter of the National Children’s Alliance which coordinates and supports Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout Illinois. The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Glasgow founded the Will County CAC in 1995 to provide hope, healing, and justice for children who have endured sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, sexual exploitation, child pornography, neglect, and exposure to violence.

Glasgow assigned Brown to the Will County CAC’s multidisciplinary team, comprised of law enforcement, DCFS investigators, forensic interviewers, child and family advocates, trauma therapists, medical personnel, and prosecutors. Brown also serves as a facility dog handler to therapy dog Kiwi, one of the canines in Glasgow’s groundbreaking Paws for Kids program that provides support to the children receiving services at the Will County CAC. Since Glasgow founded the center, it has served some 8,900 children throughout Will County.

“Our Children’s Advocacy Centers protect our most precious and most vulnerable resource – our children,” Glasgow said. “It is imperative that all of our Children’s Advocacy Centers are supported by compassionate, dedicated, knowledgeable, and committed individuals. I strongly supported Jeff’s appointment to the CACI Board in 2019, and it comes as no surprise that Jeff was the unanimous choice for Vice President.”

“The children of Illinois deserve to wake up in the morning and go to bed at night without fear of being abused,” Brown said. “I want to thank State’s Attorney Glasgow for giving me the opportunity to protect those who are not able to protect themselves. Serving as Vice President of the CACI provides an opportunity to work on behalf of children at an even broader level. It is an honor to be selected for this position by this highly respected organization.”

According to Will County CAC Executive Director Lisa Morel Las, “Jeff is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable members of society, and I am thrilled that he is able to use his passionate expertise to support and sustain Illinois’ CACs.”

In addition to prosecuting sex crimes, Brown was selected by Glasgow to head up the Animal Protection Unit in the State’s Attorney’s office. Glasgow created the Unit in conjunction with “The League of Extraordinary Canines & Friends,” a countywide initiative Glasgow established to address animal cruelty and neglect with the goal of protecting humans as well. Violence against animals is often a precursor to violence against humans, and perpetrators of domestic violence abuse or threaten to abuse animals to control their victims.

“Children and animals are defenseless and we have a moral imperative to protect them. On a daily basis, Jeff Brown stands up for both,” Glasgow said. “Jeff will be a tremendous resource for Will County as Vice President of the CACI Board.”

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Warns of Scammers Seeking to Extort Money During Covid-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020

JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is warning residents about scammers seeking to extort community members by threatening to publicly release pornographic videos in exchange for money, regardless of whether any such video exists.

“My office has received multiple reports from innocent people in our community who have received emails threatening to release inappropriate videos of them in exchange for money—regardless of whether or not such video even exists,” Glasgow said. “It is reprehensible that while so many of us are working together to battle Covid-19, morally bankrupt scammers are seeking to take advantage of the good people in Will County while they are most vulnerable.”

Glasgow noted that this is not the only scam that has been identified during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Sadly, scammers and thieves are taking advantage of the most vulnerable during this time of crisis. Other scams include online attempts to sell Covid-19 home testing kits, even though the FDA warns that there currently is no approved home testing kit for coronavirus, and phishing emails seeking donations in an attempt to steal identities and money,” Glasgow said. “Please tell family and friends, and in particular the elderly, to be on the lookout for potential scams. Together, we can help prevent these thieves from using Covid-19 as their ruse for stealing money and personal information.”

Glasgow urged residents who believe they have contacted by a scammer to contact their local police department.

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Statement From Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow regarding Office Operations During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has presented unique challenges to all of us. The Will County State’s Attorney’s office is no exception, as we seek to balance the demands of our justice system, both civil and criminal, with the health and safety needs of the Will County community and our dedicated staff.

I have been in constant communication with our county and court leadership as we coordinate and execute a plan that best achieves the goals of both justice and public health and safety. To that end, in the interest of public health, beginning March 19 our reception office will be closed to in-person visitors until further notice. Our office is fully available to receive telephone calls, and request that if you need assistance you contact the State’s Attorney’s Office at 815-727-8453. You may also reach out via the “Contact Us” form on our website: https://willcountysao.com Our office will remain open with staff working in shifts to reduce the number of people present at our office at any given time.

Please know that my office is committed to providing all necessary services to meet the public’s needs while at the same time doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of the public and my dedicated staff.

I ask for your patience and understanding as we all work together to get through this health crisis. It is an honor to serve you.

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Circuit Judge Tomczak Sentences Bahaa Sam To 29 Years For Bludgeoning Wife To Death

March 17, 2020

JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Bahaa Sam, 54, of Tinley Park was sentenced to 29 years in prison with no possibility of parole by Circuit Judge Amy Bertani Tomczak for the gruesome murder of his then 38-year-old wife Nermeen on December 19, 2012. A jury found Sam guilty on November 15, 2018, of first-degree murder in bludgeoning his wife to death with a weightlifting bar following an argument. One of the couple’s four children, their then four-year-old boy, witnessed the beating. Sam clubbed his wife repeatedly in their front yard with a curling bar, resulting in severe trauma to the back of her head, and then moved the body under an evergreen tree. The body was discovered by an individual driving past the couple’s home.

“It is truly impossible to comprehend the visceral violence of the savage bludgeoning of this defenseless mother of four,” Glasgow said. “Sam’s ruthless beating of his wife as his innocent four-year-old son witnessed the atrocity is irrefutable evidence of an abandoned and malignant heart. Prison cannot undo the horror this cold-blooded murderer perpetrated upon his family.”

Three of Sam’s four children testified during the course of trial. He had faced a range of 20 to 60 years in prison. The jury spent less than three hours deliberating Sam’s guilt. In addition to the murder conviction, he previously had pled guilty to battery involving his wife.

Glasgow praised the Tinley Park police for their work in investigating the crime, the hard work of Assistant State’s Attorneys Steve Platek and Tom Slazyk who prosecuted the case, victim advocate Kelly Sullivan, and Gus Martinucci who provided audio and video assistance throughout the course of the trial.

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