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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 [email protected] or call at (815) 334-4159. If you need to email court notices, please forward to [email protected].

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State's Attorney News

Joann Cunningham Pleads Guilty to the Murder of AJ Freund

Post Date:12/05/2019 1:40 PM

December 5, 2019



On December 5, 2019, Joanne Cunningham pleaded guilty to the offense of Murder, Count II of the Bill of Indictment, for her part in the beating death of her son, Andrew Thomas “AJ” Freund Jr., in April of 2019.  Defendant Cunningham faces between 20 and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Pursuant to truth-in-sentencing guidelines, Defendant Cunningham will not be eligible for parole and must serve 100% of her sentence. 

The case has been set for status of sentencing on January 30, 2020.  

This case is being prosecuted by State’s Attorney Kenneally, First Assistant Rita Gara, and Criminal Supervisor Randi Freese.


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