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Anita Alvarez
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January 31, 2014

Park Ridge Man Sentenced to 40 YHears
In Prison For The Murder Of His Mother

A Park Ridge man who threw his elderly mother over a railing during a dispute over his inheritance and left her to die on a concrete landing has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for her murder, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Wayne Weinke Jr., 58, was sentenced for the murder of his mother, Gloria Weinke, 77, who died from her injuries two months after being thrown down 14 steps and over a railing in her residence at an Arlington Heights assisted living facility in 2006.

According to prosecutors, Weinke had been involved in a dispute with his mother over her will and he had gone to her residence in the early hours of July 18, 2006 and became involved in an argument with her.  Weinke then threw his mother over a railing and down the steps where she landed on a concrete floor and pleaded for help.  According to prosecutors, Weinke refused his mother’s pleas for aid and left the scene while the victim was still alive on the concrete landing.  The victim was discovered 12 hours later by a maintenance worker and taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries 10 weeks later.  Gloria Weinke had sustained a shattered pelvis, a broken tailbone, a collapsed lung, and head injuries as a result of the fall. 

Despite her injuries, Gloria Weinke was able to give a videotaped deposition before her death identifying her son as the individual who threw her over the railing.  The tape was played during the defendant’s trial.

Cook County Judge William Lacy sentenced Weinke to the 40-year prison term during a hearing Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Sherie DeDore and Jim McKay for their work on this case.


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