AJ FREUND: Illinois vs. Andrew Freund Sr. & JoAnn Cunningham for murder of son *GUILTY PLEAS*

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JoAnn Cunningham Moved To Downstate Prison To Serve 35-Year Sentence In Murder Of Her Son, A.J. Freund

JoAnn Cunningham has been transferred to a prison in central Illinois, where she’ll begin serving her 35-year sentence for killing her 5-year-old son, A.J. Freund.

Cunningham was moved from the McHenry County Jail to the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on Tuesday, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.


As part of Cunningham’s guilty plea to the murder charge, prosecutors dropped all other charges against her, including language that called the crime “brutal and heinous.” Prosecutors said she will not be eligible for parole and must serve her entire sentence. She had faced up to 60 years in prison.
 

GrandmaBear

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JoAnn Cunningham Moved To Downstate Prison To Serve 35-Year Sentence In Murder Of Her Son, A.J. Freund

JoAnn Cunningham has been transferred to a prison in central Illinois, where she’ll begin serving her 35-year sentence for killing her 5-year-old son, A.J. Freund.

Cunningham was moved from the McHenry County Jail to the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on Tuesday, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.


As part of Cunningham’s guilty plea to the murder charge, prosecutors dropped all other charges against her, including language that called the crime “brutal and heinous.” Prosecutors said she will not be eligible for parole and must serve her entire sentence. She had faced up to 60 years in prison.
Snort. Where did the rest of this case go? Yah better hush it up and settle it. How about all of the PAID for drugs that they both used and sold that were paid for and prescribed? How about crossing state lines to do that? I mean paid for by the system.

This was HEINOUS. It was HORRIBLE. She may get out while alive yet. She deserved the full works. And daddy does too. In fact, in some ways Daddy is even WORSE. But he will get less.

Nice. AJ was cut no break. Monsters. What kind of sentence is this?
 

GrandmaBear

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"In order to pay her legal fees, Cunningham , who was unemployed, was getting pills for Freund, according to the petition. Cunningham and Freund took her oldest child with them, even once while he was ill, to pick up the prescription pills in Elkhorn, Wisconsin."

FREUND by the way means daddy... Across the border.... Patch.com

ETA: The old man isn't daddy to her oldest son, just to make that clear. They just took him with. I would compare him to a Colby Ryan in the Vallow case and lucky he ended up out of there and survived... Them damn paid for drugs...

ETA: We ain't talking everyone. But when ya got a problem, you got a problem. "Prescription" or not and they also sold them for bucks! And they didn't PAY for them... So much more to this case from day one... But try to find it now takes a bit... And if you didn't know from earlier on you would likely never find it. Elkhorn ain't that big either.
 
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Plea Deal Expected Next Month For Andrew Freund, Charged With The Murder Of His 5-Year-Old Son A.J.

A McHenry County judge has set a December trial date for Andrew Freund Sr., the Crystal Lake man charged with killing his 5-year-old son, A.J., but prosecutors and defense attorneys expect to reach a plea deal next month to avoid a trial.

During a status hearing on Friday, McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt set a tentative Dec. 9 trial date for Freund, 61. But McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese and Freund’s appointed attorney, special public defender Henry Sugden, don’t expect the case to go to trial.

“I believe we will be able to resolve this on Sept. 16,” Freese told the judge.

Sugden declined to comment on the details of a possible plea deal, saying prosecutors have not yet formally offered an agreement.

“I’m still in discussions with the state,” Sugden said.
 

GrandmaBear

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Plea Deal Expected Next Month For Andrew Freund, Charged With The Murder Of His 5-Year-Old Son A.J.

A McHenry County judge has set a December trial date for Andrew Freund Sr., the Crystal Lake man charged with killing his 5-year-old son, A.J., but prosecutors and defense attorneys expect to reach a plea deal next month to avoid a trial.

During a status hearing on Friday, McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt set a tentative Dec. 9 trial date for Freund, 61. But McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese and Freund’s appointed attorney, special public defender Henry Sugden, don’t expect the case to go to trial.

“I believe we will be able to resolve this on Sept. 16,” Freese told the judge.

Sugden declined to comment on the details of a possible plea deal, saying prosecutors have not yet formally offered an agreement.

“I’m still in discussions with the state,” Sugden said.
Hmm. Seemed like it was coming. I guess nothing will bring this poor child back but this one was just so bad. Burned and far more... While she seems the main perp they both knew and he helped abuse, hide abuse, hid, lied and buried him and more. On the other hand, at least they admit to at least some responsibility... I guess wait and see what his deal is... Interesting they say there will likely be a deal and yet there is not one yet... Kind of odd. Maybe someone is up for election... Jk, sort of...
 

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2 former DCFS employees involved with AJ Freund case arrested, charged

Two former Illinois Department of Children and Family Services employees who investigated abuse allegations involving 5-year-old AJ Freund have been charged with child endangerment.

Carlos Acosta, an elected McHenry County board member from Woodstock, and his former supervisor, Andrew Polovin of Island Lake, were arrested Thursday on two counts each of endangering the life of a child and one count of reckless conduct, the McHenry County sheriff’s office announced.

Acosta, 54, and Polovin, 48, were released later Thursday from the McHenry County Jail after posting bond.

The men left DCFS in December following Freund’s death.


Acosta and Polovin were also named in a federal lawsuit by Fruend’s estate. The lawsuit alleges their investigation was a sham.

“These two DCFS employees who were supposed to help him ignored every red flag even ignoring reports of abuse from the local police, medical professionals and AJ’s neighbors,” part of it reads.

There is no word yet on when Acosta and Polovin are due in court next. When asked why it took so long for charges to be brought against them, the state’s attorney’s office said that’s how long it took to gather and sift through documents.
 

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AJ Freund murder: Andrew Freund Sr. pleads guilty to charges in connection to his son’s death, gets 30 years in prison

The father of 5-year-old AJ Freund on Friday pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the Crystal Lake boy’s death and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake., whose son’s body was found in a shallow grave in April 2019, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery of a child and concealment of a homicidal death.

He was sentenced to 11 years for aggravated battery of a child, 14 years for involuntary manslaughter and five years for concealment of a homicide.

Judge Robert Wilbrandt said the charges will be served consecutively, “for the protection of the public.”

As part of a plea agreement, Freund must also cooperate in an investigation into the Department of Children and Family Services. Two former agency workers face charges in connection to AJ’s case.

Freund must serve at least a minimum of 18 years in prison, 30 years if the sentences handed down Friday are served in full. If he is eventually released from prison, Freund would be required to spend time under supervised release and would be listed on the state’s registry for violent offenders against youths.

Under the plea deal, Freund will get credit for time already served since he was taken into custody on April 26, 2019.
 

GrandmaBear

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AJ Freund murder: Andrew Freund Sr. pleads guilty to charges in connection to his son’s death, gets 30 years in prison

The father of 5-year-old AJ Freund on Friday pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the Crystal Lake boy’s death and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake., whose son’s body was found in a shallow grave in April 2019, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery of a child and concealment of a homicidal death.

He was sentenced to 11 years for aggravated battery of a child, 14 years for involuntary manslaughter and five years for concealment of a homicide.

Judge Robert Wilbrandt said the charges will be served consecutively, “for the protection of the public.”

As part of a plea agreement, Freund must also cooperate in an investigation into the Department of Children and Family Services. Two former agency workers face charges in connection to AJ’s case.

Freund must serve at least a minimum of 18 years in prison, 30 years if the sentences handed down Friday are served in full. If he is eventually released from prison, Freund would be required to spend time under supervised release and would be listed on the state’s registry for violent offenders against youths.

Under the plea deal, Freund will get credit for time already served since he was taken into custody on April 26, 2019.
Nothing will change this or bring this poor child back but I was concerned the father would get a slap on the hand with some deal. It isn't life but it is significant if he has to serve it all. It is consecutive and at least seems to have been taken seriously. RIP AJ and I hope your siblings excel and that you shine your light upon them.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Nothing will change this or bring this poor child back but I was concerned the father would get a slap on the hand with some deal. It isn't life but it is significant if he has to serve it all. It is consecutive and at least seems to have been taken seriously. RIP AJ and I hope your siblings excel and that you shine your light upon them.
Yeah... He's 61. Must serve at least 18 years. Already done about 1.5. So the earliest he could be out he'd be late 70s. I don't see him earning early parole though, unless something crazy happens.
Considering the person who committed the actual murder got 35, I think 30 is about as good as we could have expected.
 

GrandmaBear

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Yeah... He's 61. Must serve at least 18 years. Already done about 1.5. So the earliest he could be out he'd be late 70s. I don't see him earning early parole though, unless something crazy happens.
Considering the person who committed the actual murder got 35, I think 30 is about as good as we could have expected.
I never thought of his age but that is a good point. There are no winners here, certainly not AJ.
 

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