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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.

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Louis Hernandez Pleads Guilty to Home Invasion, Aggravated Domestic Battery, and Aggravated Battery

Post Date:07/29/2019 2:57 PM


July 29, 2019



Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Louis Hernandez, 51, of Carpentersville, Illinois, pled guilty to two counts of Home Invasion, Class X Felonies, four counts of Aggravated Domestic Battery, Class 2 Felonies, and one count of Aggravated Battery, a Class 3 Felony, before the Honorable Judge Michael Coppedge. 

On May 11, 2017, Hernandez hid in a bedroom closet at his ex-girlfriend’s house and waited for her return.  When the woman and her girlfriend arrived at the home, Hernandez jumped out and began to beat the two women and strangle them over a period of hours. Hernandez’ ex-girlfriend was able to talk Hernandez into releasing her girlfriend and ultimately herself after they had been held at the house for approximately five hours. 

Hernandez will face sentencing for these crimes on September 13, 2019.

This case was investigated by members of the Lake in the Hills Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Rita Gara of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.


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