Former Mundelein woman sentenced to 61 years in sledgehammer attack
Updated: April 22, 2013 10:14AM
The former Mundelein woman who attacked her ex-husband and his wife while they lay sleeping in their beds was sentenced to 61 years in prison Thursday, March 14.
A jury convicted Sandra Rogers of home invasion, attempted murder and solicitation of murder in February for the May 19, 2003, attack. Rogers manipulated co-defendant Jonathan McMeekin, then 17, into using drugs and sex to help her carry out the attack, according to prosecutors.
Rogers, 56, bludgeoned her ex-husband Rick Rogers with a slegehammer to the head and smashed the face of her ex-husband’s wife, Angela Gloria, multiple times.
“It is unbelievable and miraculous that (the victims) are still alive. There is nothing a court can do to take away that pain and suffering,” Circuit Judge John Phillips said.
He sentenced Rogers to 15 years in prison for the solicitation of murder charge, 24 years in prison for the attempted murder of Angela and 22 years in prison for the attempted murder of Rick. All these sentences are to be served consecutively, totaling at 61 years in prison.
Rogers will get credit for the 10 years she has been behind bars.
“We are very happy with the sentence, ... given the horrific nature of the crime ... it was just and fair and that’s all we were asking for the family,” Assistant State’s Attorney Danielle Pascucci said after the sentencing.
Defense attorney Gillian Gosch said her client persisted in her innocence.
“Miss Rogers is of course very sorry for what happened to (the victims),” Gosch said.
Rick, his wife and their daughter Robin were present at the sentencing.
“Rick and (his wife) and their family are thankful that justice has finally been served. They wish to express their gratitude to the dedicated police officers and prosecutors who worked so hard to see that Sandra Rogers was brought to justice for her vicious crimes. Rick and (his wife) also wish to thank the judge and members of the jury for their service. They are looking forward to putting this behind them and rebuilding their lives,” Rick and his wife said in a written statement issued through their attorney Chris Kennedy after the hearing.