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Illinois man pleads no contest to five crimes in child abuse case

December 21, 2012

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Adolfo and Deborah Gomez, of Northlake, Ill., were arrested June 13, after two of their children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot.

Adolfo and Deborah Gomez, of Northlake, Ill., were arrested June 13, after two of their children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot.

A 52-year-old Northlake, Ill., man pleaded no contest Friday morning to five crimes stemming from a June 13 incident in which two of his children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Adolfo Gomez pleaded no contest to two counts of child abuse — both felonies — and three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

The plea comes a week after Gomez’s wife, Deborah Gomez, 43, pleaded no contest to three counts of child endangerment.

Prosecutors and Adolfo’s attorney will recommend Adolfo be sentenced to 30 months in prison for the crimes at sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 8.

Both Deborah and Adolfo have been in custody since their arrests June 13. Douglas County prosecutors said the children have been placed in protective custody.

As part of Deborah’s plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend she be sentenced to a year of probation.

At Deborah’s plea hearing Dec 14, Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin — lifting a no-contact order — also opened the door for Deborah to have contact with her five children, ages 5, 7, 12, 13 and 15. That decision, however, will be made by another judge in the custody case.

The 5- and 7-year-old were found bound outside the family’s van, while the other children were inside the vehicle, unbound. Testimony at prior hearings indicates the family was in Lawrence on its way from Illinois, heading to Arizona.

Police used a Taser on Adolfo, who was uncooperative during the arrest. At previous hearings, Adolfo testified that he and his children were fearful of demon possession. In June, Martin declared Adolfo competent to stand trial.

Adolfo, echoing his wife’s statements at her plea hearing, said, “I don’t want to put my children through any more.”

The two felony child abuse charges Adolfo pleaded to Friday carry maximum penalties of up to 50 months each, based on his criminal history. Adolfo’s court-appointed attorney, Skip Griffey, said they’ll need to file a motion asking Martin for a reduced sentence in the case to obtain the recommended 30-month sentence.

“I think the recommendations that are on the record are a fair and equitable resolution,” Griffey said following the hearing.

Adolfo will also be required to undergo a mental health examination. Griffey talked about some of the events leading up to the arrests.

Adolfo hadn’t slept in days and was experiencing some mental health problems, Griffey said.

A spokeswoman for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office declined comment because the children’s custody cases are still active.

Comments

Kyle Chandler 1 year, 3 months ago

I had to take a screen shot of PLandLs comment and email it to my friends. Its just so 'Lawrence'

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gilly 1 year, 3 months ago

Where is your compassion? No where do I see that the unfortunate man is getting mental health care.

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HarmonKillabrew 1 year, 3 months ago

The lesson to learn from these cases is that you will go to jail if you bind your kids with duct tape, but act irresponsibly and end up killing them with opiates....probation! Maybe if Adolfo had been smart he would have fed them some heroin and then taken some drug treatment he would get to take the remaining family members to AZ like they planned...What a pathetic DA. Great job on getting convictions so your numbers look good...You Mr. DA appear like a pushover.

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 3 months ago

PLandL, we can read. Try bold type if you want make a point.

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PEACELOVEANDLAWRENCE 1 year, 3 months ago

"I think the recommendations that are on the record are a fair and equitable resolution," Griffey said following the hearing. THIS SICKENS ME, THEY WERE PLANNING ON DOING SOMETHING AWFUL TO THOSE CHILDREN, BOTH OF THE PARENTS WERE! IT DOESN'T TAKE A BRAIN SURGEON TO FIGURE THIS OUT. THEN THEY SLAP THEM ON THE HAND, GIVE THE CHILDREN BACK TO THE MONSTERS OR AT LEAST MAKE THE CHILDREN HAVE TO VISIT THE MONSTERS AND NOTHING WILL HAPPEN UNTIL THEY END UP KILLING ONE OF THESE BABIES OR AT LEAST EMOTIONAL ISSUES AFTER THIS. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHY MOST BAD THINGS HAPPEN, WE HAVE THE SIGNS BUT NO ONE WANTS TO OR HAS THE COURAGE TO PUT P.O.S. LIKE THESE TWO BEHIND BARS FOREVER SO THEY NEVER HURT ANY ONE.

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HarmonKillabrew 1 year, 3 months ago

Or go to work everyday and make sure criminals get jail time that makes sense. Yes, he pleaded no contest, that is because he didn't have a case, give em 72 months or something that shows strength not weakness. He'll likely get credit for time served and be out in two. wow....ill say it backwards....wow...bank robber 9 yrs; bound children in a walmart parking lot 2.5yrs

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cheeseburger 1 year, 3 months ago

A maximum of 100 months, and our DA advocates for 30.

Grow a pair or resign from office, please.

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