Prosecutor wants 15-18 years for Bali murder suspects

Indonesian prosecutors in the high-profile murder trial of Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer are asking for 15- and 18-year prison sentences respectively, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reports that the couple still could face the death penalty by firing squad for the murder of Mack’s mother, Sheila Von Wiese-Mack, if the panel of judges disregards the prosecutor’s request.

“The defendant has committed sadistic acts to her own mother,” the AP quotes prosecutor Eddy Arta Wijaya told the court. “However, we’ve decided to be lenient, because she repeatedly expressed remorse and has a newborn baby.”

Both Mack, 19, and Schaefer, 21, are former Oak Park and River Forest High School students.

Von Wiese-Mack’s body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi last year outside of a luxury hotel in Bali. Schaefer has admitted to bludgeoning her with a metal fruit bowl after the two began arguing about Mack and Schaefer’s then-unborn daughter.

 RF police arrest 3 for drunk driving St. Paddy’s weekend

River Forest Police made three drunk-driving arrests and issued 15 citations for failure to wear a seatbelt over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to a press release. 

The department joined with state and local law enforcement over the holiday as part of a “crackdown” on drinking and driving. The stepped up-enforcement — part of the state’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns — was funded by traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Transportation Safety.

 Burglary

A 30-year-old Chicago man was arrested, April 4 at 6:04 a.m., on the 200 block of South Cuyler and charged with three counts of burglary — on the 200 block of Washington and the 200 and 600 blocks of South Cuyler.

 Criminal trespass

A 45-year-old Chicago woman was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at West Suburban Hospital on April 5 at 3:43 a.m. She was found on a secured floor of the hospital after having previously been told not to return.

Burglary to motor vehicle

An unknown man burglarized a 2008 Honda Odyssey on the 700 block of South Cuyler at 1 p.m., April 5. A witness described seeing the man, roughly 16 to 20 years old, reach through the rear hatch of the vehicle and remove a backpack. The loss was estimated at $608.

 Attempted child abduction

A man estimated between the ages of 60 and 65 attempted to abduct a child on the 1100 block of Pleasant on March 31 between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. The man had gray hair and drove a small silver boxy car, possibly a Mini Cooper with a cardinal on the license plate. The man pulled up to the victim and asked her to get into his car several times. The victim ran away and the man drove off in an unknown direction.

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 30-April 5 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

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