An Inverness man pleaded guilty today to aggravated battery in an attack on Donald Culver, a former Lake Zurich High School teacher who admitted molesting a relative of the Inverness man.
To protect the identity of the molestation victim, the Daily Herald is not naming the defendant, who pleaded guilty to a class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison. Probation is also available.
Cook County Judge Hyman Riebman sentenced the 49-year-old defendant to 24 months probation and 240 hours of community service. Riebman also ordered the defendant to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and submit to any recommended treatment. The judge also ordered the defendant to participate in anger management counseling and to have no contact with Culver.
Culver, who taught English and drama at the school for eight years, pleaded guilty to the charges against him in August and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Prosecutors say the defendant burst into Culver’s home in late January and threatened to kill him, claiming Culver had ruined the relative’s life. During an earlier hearing, prosecutors said the man struck Culver in the head with a small caliber revolver and put the barrel in Culver’s mouth.
The defendant later surrendered to police and claimed that the gun was unloaded, prosecutors said. ..Source.. by Barbara Vitello