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St. Charles man who fatally stabbed father deemed insane

ST. CHARLES – A judge has ruled that a St. Charles man was legally insane when he stabbed his father to death in 2017.

Kane County prosecutors said a judge on Thursday found 24-year-old John W. Shenko not guilty by reason of insanity of first-degree murder in the August 2017 killing of his father, 60-year-old Kevin Shenko.

John Shenko will be transferred to a secure Illinois Department of Human Services facility, where he will receive ongoing mental health treatment. Shenko can be held for up to 60 years under Illinois law.

Prosecutors said police arriving at the scene found John Shenko on top of his father shouting, "die, die, die!" Authorities said the son claimed he was God and that he was killing Satan. Kevin Shenko's body had more than 100 wounds.

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