(STMW) — A Park Ridge man who threw his frail, elderly mother over a stair railing in a dispute over his inheritance was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
Cook County Judge William Lacy noted that even as 77-year-old Gloria Weinke lay on the floor, crying for help after the fall, Wayne Weinke Jr. did nothing to help her.
She died nearly three months later, partly because her son went “ballistic” believing he’d been cheated out of the wealth he felt he deserved, prosecutors said at trial.
In hopes of getting a shorter sentence, defense attorneys submitted letters portraying Wayne Weinke as a good friend and husband.
“These are admirable qualities, but they are not a defense of murder,” Lacy responded.
Wayne Weinke did not speak at the hearing.
Last May, Lacy rejected Weinke’s claim that he had nothing to do with his mother’s…
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