Former Soldier Charged With 2009 New Lenox Township Murder in Court

The three and a half year old case will be addressed again next week.

A man charged with gunning down his uncle in the New Lenox Township home where he had allowed him to live appeared for a brief hearing at the Will County Courthouse Wednesday.

Jason Gonzalez, 26, represented himself in the proceedings before Judge Edward Burmila. Gonzalez has been acting as his own attorney.

Gonzalez has been jailed since September 2009 on charges he murdered his uncle Lance Goebel. Gonzalez allegedly shot Goebel numerous times with a 9-mm handgun, then stole $1,000 and his uncle's Chevy HHR. The vehicle was later located about a mile from Goebel's residence.

Goebel's wife found her husband dead in the home. Several days later, the police caught Gonzalez sleeping in his mother's 1997 Saturn, which he reportedly borrowed from her shortly before the killing. Gonzalez was parked behind a bush on Larkin Avenue in Joliet, police said.

Gonzalez had lived with Goebel but his uncle kicked him out not long before the murder, police said. In between his departure from his uncle's home and the killing, Gonzalez sent an email to an aunt living in Seattle and told her he was going to "get even" with Goebel, according to court papers.

Gonzalez joined the Army in September 2005 and was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, court papers said. He was discharged for medical reasons in April 2006, said a filing, which claimed Gonzalez was "given a diagnosis of personality disorder with passive aggressive and borderline features."

The filing also said that prior to his discharge, Gonzalez suffered from "major depressive disorder, moderate severe, single episode, though complicated by longer-standing personality traits."

Court papers identified Gonzalez as a professional paintball player, but an affidavit in his file said he had no income or assets.

Gonzalez reportedly admitted to detectives that he was at the house when his uncle was killed but denied shooting him. Gonzalez reportedly claimed two other men, one named "Matthew" and the other "Armon," were with him, and that he gave his 9-mm to "Matthew" after telling him there was a money in the house.

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Glenn Brooks March 21, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Was this a 'gun problem' or a 'mental health' problem ?
Francis' Best Friend March 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM
It's a 'both' problem.
Steven Goebel March 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Lances wife & children found him a couple hours after Jason shot lance 13 times. Jason was far from a professional paintball player, lance & I founded a paintball team (Dog Soldiers) which Jason was part of. Lance & I started the team so that we could spend more quality time with family (Jason). Lances brother, Steven Goebel
Steven Goebel March 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM
The military does not need to notify next of kin when a soldier is released as Jason was, that appears to be a problem . Jason was found fit to stand trial and was able to easily purchase a handgun because he did not have a felony and was never in a mental hospital. Maybe if the military was not allowed to release people with issues & not be responsible enough to let someone know he may not have been able to get a firearm so easily.
Reflection March 23, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Sorry for your lost...... Steven Goebel!


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