WOODSTOCK – Attorneys could learn Nov. 24 if a special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the case of a 23-year-old McHenry woman accused of trying to find someone to kill her ex-boyfriend.
Broken jail elevators prevented Stephanie E. Linderman from being in court Friday, but attorneys agreed to meet Monday to discuss Linderman’s bond, and again Nov. 24 to determine if a special prosecutor has been appointed.
McHenry County Judge James Cowlin on Thursday granted the state’s attorney’s request for a special prosecutor. McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally filed the motion to avoid a conflict of interest, after Linderman’s father, Mike Linderman, donated $2,500 to Kenneally’s election campaign fund in August.
The special prosecutor will come from the Illinois Office of the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor.
In the meantime, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office likely will continue to oversee hearings concerning only Linderman’s bond while the court seeks a new prosecutor.
Linderman was charged Saturday with solicitation of murder, solicitation to commit aggravated battery and disorderly conduct for intentionally making threats to her ex-boyfriend.
She is being held in McHenry County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond. If convicted, Linderman could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison.