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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

[IL] Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy John Sanders' wife said to have been punched, choked unconscious while holding toddler


...State Police testified that Patricia Sanders’ mother, Betty Smith of Olney, called Olney police after her daughter told her she was choked by her husband to the point of passing out Dec. 26... "Patricia Sanders showed her mother bruising on her neck and said she was punched and choked by John," Morgan said. "She was choked while holding their 3-year-old daughter"...

I'd call that charge DAMN-NEAR-MURDER.

NEWS EXCERPTS FROM JAN 5 & JAN 25:

SHELBY COUNTY DEPUTY CHARGED WITH FELONY DOMESTIC ABUSE ALSO FACES FILING DEADLINE FOR HIS STEWARDSON BOARD SEAT
Herald-Review.com
By HERB MEEKER
January 5, 2011 12:01 am
[Excerpts] A Shelby County sheriff's deputy charged with aggravated domestic battery is also an officeholder facing a deadline to file for an April 5 village board election. John M. Sanders has held a village trustee seat in Stewardson for nearly eight years... Sanders, 45, is accused of attempting to strangle his wife Dec. 26 in Stewardson during an alleged domestic incident. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave with pay due to his Dec. 28 arrest on the Class 2 felony. Sanders is free on $500 bail... The sheriff said this is the first time one of his officers has been charged with a criminal offense. Miller said his office reacted quickly to the incident report when it was forwarded by Illinois State Police investigators... Miller said he requested state police handle the criminal probe as part of the due diligence to avoid potential conflicts of interest. "I wanted it to be as unbiased an investigation as possible, and I want him to get a fair day in court as well," Miller said. "That is why I wanted (state police) Zone 5 involved right away. We didn't want the public to think he might get preferential treatment," Miller said... [Full article here]

JUDGE RULES ENOUGH EVIDENCE EXISTS TO PROCEED WITH SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE
Shelby County News
By Sharon Barricklow
Tue, Jan 25, 2011
[Excerpts] Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy John Sanders will face felony charges of domestic violence after a judge ruled Monday there was enough evidence to proceed in the case. Sanders was arrested last month after he allegedly choked his wife, Patricia, at their Stewardson home... Patricia Sanders had sent text messages to her sister indicating a "911 situation" and asking their mother, Betty Smith of Olney, to come to the store the Sanders’ own... when Smith came to the store, Patricia Sanders showed her bruising on her neck and said she had been punched and choked by John Sanders... Smith said she also asked the couple’s three-year-old daughter about the incident. "She said Daddy choked her mother"...[Sheriff Mike] Miller was on the phone with the State Police when he received a call from John Sanders about an "incident" involving his family. Shelbyville attorney Walter Lookofsky, representing Sanders, asked why an arrest was made after only Betty Smith was interviewed by the State Police... "The investigators never talked to John Sanders, Patricia Sanders or their daughter. Patty Sanders never told you she had been choked." Judge Douglas Jarman ruled there was enough evidence to proceed with charges. Sanders will be arraigned in Shelby County on February 23. The case is being prosecuted by Lorinda Lamken of the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor’s office to avoid a conflict of interest with Shelby County State’s Attorney Deborah Riley... Lamken said the nature of the investigation was keyed to protecting victims. "In domestic violence cases our first and most important goal is to protect the victim," she said. [Full article here]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE AGAINST SHELBY CO. DEPUTY PROCEEDS
Herald & Review
By Sharon Barricklow
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:17 am
[Excerpts] Shelby County Deputy John Sanders appeared in Shelby County Court on Monday, where a judge ruled there was enough evidence to charge him in the alleged choking of his wife. Judge Douglas Jarman set an arraignment for Feb. 23 in the case after Special Agent Eric Morgan of the Illinois State Police testified that Patricia Sanders’ mother, Betty Smith of Olney, called Olney police after her daughter told her she was choked by her husband to the point of passing out Dec. 26. The Olney Police Department notified the state police, who contacted Shelby County Sheriff Mike Miller. "Patricia Sanders showed her mother bruising on her neck and said she was punched and choked by John," Morgan said. "She was choked while holding their 3-year-old daughter"... Appellate Prosecutor Lorinda Lamken, acting in place of Shelby County State’s Attorney Deborah Riley, said special procedures sometimes apply in domestic violence cases. "Our first concern is with the safety of the victim," she said. "That’s the first and most important thing." [Full article here]
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16 comments:

  1. If they are so much for her safety why was they alowed to be together as soon as he gave up hs job which he had for 24 years why was the sheriff and state attorney against them

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  2. AnonymousJune 22, 2011

    I Patty Sanders would like to say maybe if you heard from John or I either one you would know this was a set up by the Sheriff and States atty and Sept 2012 you will surley hear the REST OF THE STORY

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  3. miller only wanted sanders out due to sanders was in process of running for sheriff

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  4. states attorney riley of shelby county was accused by herhusband of taking a knife after him where are those charges

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  6. I had let a comment through but just deleted it because after re-reading it realized that without having Patty's permission to tell that much of her life (true or false?) that I can't post it here without risking someone re-victimizing her. It's up to Patty to tell her childhood, what has happened to her, and who if anyone is responsible. If she wants to do that she can email me, verify that it's really her, and then a post like that can be posted.

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  7. AnonymousJune 29, 2012

    Shelby County Sheriffs often like to blame the victims rather than the offender. My daughter was beaten by her bf and another female on June 2, the officer took her report and pictures at the ER and as of June 28th the report was never filed with the states attorneys office. The officer spoke with me on June 18th and said he spoke with the female and she admitted to doing it and no arrest were made nor any charges to this day. So they don't only take up for their fellow brothers they protect felons that they are either to scared to deal with or give them info they think is more important than an innocent girl.

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  8. I am really sorry that this happened to your daughter and I don't know if the perpetrator is maybe a snitch they use or what - but something isn't right. Keep fighting for what's right and stay alert.

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  9. You may want to re read the above info the Sheriff didnt protect his own he threw him under the bus to protect his badge he knew John Sanders would run for sheriff against him and WIN. so he took out the compition with lies

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  10. this site is one sided you are now guilty unless bribed into innocense hope miller and riley happy riley no longer states att she lost after several found she was being charged as a bully and had lied about evidence To other attorneys and in court

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  11. I lived in shelby county for 20 some yrs, an its no surprise to me that not only are the deputies 2 face liars, but even the shelby county judges will side with them. All i can say is beware of them,don,t trust them, an do like i did an move away.

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  12. AnonymousJune 06, 2013

    here we are 2 yrs later and Miller and Riley still threatening Johnny and Patty all they want is to get back to the most normal life they can get with all the lies told about them.... They took his badge but yet still harass and threaten them they are no better then the ABUSERS you post about!!!!!

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  13. Ok heres the real facts Zone 5 investigators both Heads of dept. worked side by side with John... Should they have been allowed to investigate? Johns attorney Walt Lookoffsky had private meetings with witness and States Attorney Deb Riley after Johns First appearance. Deb Riley witness for state contacts Patty Sanders and threatens her with prison time if she doesnt testify. Police and Deb Riley still harass them almost 3 years later what is the deal why??? This story is SOOOOOOOO wrong the abuser isnt John Sanders its Shelby County and the ISP

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    1. Someone may have thought you were credible until the last line. Now you just appear to be John.

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  14. Have been in a situation of abuse by a prison guard, happy to say that was the past and I got away from it, He was never punished, but looking back on it all the children hurt the worst, It is so hard for a woman to go through all that but I got so caught up in the legal aspects of it that I could not see at the time how it was hurting my little children so much. Coming from a situation like this I learned that when the spouse commits his first act of violence end it, leave, because what follows is always worse.

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    1. That's an important reminder and wise advice. Remember the kids. It can help us do the right thing also.

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