I usually don't swear, but WTH
Let's see; your male friend just stole some marijuana. The victim chases your friend to your car. When you start to drive away, the victim jumps on the hood of your car. You gun it. He falls off and hits his head on the ground. You drive away. A few days later the victim dies.
The date was May 20, 2012, and the location was on Lawndale Avenue in Woodstock, just a few blocks from the Woodstock Square.
Supposedly John Kurchina stole 1/8 oz. of marijuana. Joe Woodell chased him when Kurchina ran to Hanna Schacht's car.
What happened in Judge Condon's court yesterday? The judge accepted a plea deal that had been arranged between the Office of the McHenry County State's Attorney and Schacht's lawyer, Michael McNerney.
Schacht pled guilty yesterday to misdemeanor theft of less than $500. She wasn't even the one who stole the marijuana. The charge against her of failing to report an accident involving a death was nolle prossed.
What will it cost her, besides legal fees? The fine, court costs and fees totaled up to $1,070. She will be tested for drugs in urine drops and has to go to drug addiction treatment. Judge Condon sentenced her to 120 days in Hotel Nygren but put it on hold. And one-year conditional discharge.
If she can keep her nose clean for a year, she is out from under the cloud.
Joe Woodell didn't die because he chased Kurchina out of the house. He didn't die because he jumped on Schact's car. He died because she gunned the engine, and he fell off the moving car.
Why did the State's Attorney make such a deal, and why did Judge Condon accept it? Was the case so weak that Judge Condon wouldn't give her at least some jail time? How do you deter others?
As I said at the top, WTH. What the hell???