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Patrick KenneallyWelcome to the website for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.  It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the hardworking people of McHenry County as their State’s Attorney.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney's Office is a public trust, it belongs to and is paid for by you, the People.  My job is to ensure that it is working on your behalf. Further, it is my job to uphold your confidence in our Office and the justice system.  To do this, our daily goal is to be the most effective, ethical, and efficient state’s attorney’s office in the State.

I invite you to explore the site and see for yourself the many services we offer.  If we can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to email us at statesattorney@mchenrycountyil.gov or call at (815) 334-4159. If you need to email court notices, please forward to SAOCourtNotices-MB@mchenrycountyil.gov.

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Byron Howard Found Guilty of Three Counts of First Degree Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Burglary, Armed Habitual Criminal and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon

Post Date:04/24/2019 9:45 AM

PRESS RELEASE

 April 24, 2019

BYRON HOWARD FOUND GUILTY OF THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER, HOME INVASION, ARMED ROBBERY, BURGLARY, ARMED HABITUAL CRIMINAL AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON BY A FELON

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that 37 year old Byron Howard of Wonder Lake, Illinois, was found guilty of three counts of First Degree Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Burglary, Armed Habitual Criminal and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, by jury verdict, on April 22, 2019.

On May 27, 2017, Byron Howard and another co-defendant, Adam Morris, while armed with firearms, burglarized the McHenry home of Donald Jouravleff.  During the unlawful entry, Donald Jouravleff was shot and killed, and his wife was robbed at gunpoint. 

The defendant will be sentenced on May 24, 2019 at 1:30 pm.  The sentencing range on First Degree Murder is 35-75 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Under in Truth in Sentencing guidelines, the defendant must serve 100 percent of that sentence.  The defendant must also serve a mandatory consecutive sentence for the offense of Home Invasion, the sentencing range of which is 21-45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Under Truth in Sentencing guidelines, defendant must serve 85 percent of that sentence. 

The case was investigated by the McHenry County Major Investigations Assistance Team.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Randi Freese, Michael Combs and Victor Escarcida.

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