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Joliet Man Accused of Murdering His 90-Year-Old Grandmother

Darel Agerton said his grandmother was unconscious when he found her, but evidence shows she was strangled and beaten, the Will County Sheriff's Office says.

A Joliet man who police say beat and strangled his 90-year-old grandmother just one day after being released from prison has been charged with first-degree murder.

Darel C. Agerton, 38, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon for the Nov. 30 death of Veronica R. Schick, whose unconscious body was found on the floor of her 109 Jessie St. home, according to the Will County Sheriff's Office. Agerton listed Schick's address as his residence.

Agerton, who was released from the Illinois Department of Corrections on Nov. 29 after serving 15 months for his fourth DUI conviction, told emergency responders that he awoke from a nap to find his grandmother unresponsive and laying on the floor, a sheriff's office release said.

When investigators called him in for questioning, however, Agerton apparently made statements that were inconsistent with his original story, the release said. Undisclosed physical evidence was also found at the scene.

No information on a possible motive was released.

Agerton was taken into custody Wednesday after the Will County State's Attorney's Office charged him with six counts of first-degree murder. His bail was set at $5 million; his first court appearance will be Thursday afternoon.

According to jail and prison records, Agerton has been arrested and charged four times for driving under the influence of alcohol and at least twice for driving on a revoked/suspended license.

In the last case, he was sentenced to three years in prison in 2011, but released early.

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pro streeter December 07, 2012 at 03:26 PM
What a sad, sad world we live in.... People like this only deserve to be treated the way they treated their victims. Strangled and beaten. I guess dropping a line to his cell mate once he goes to the big house would be the only way to assure that happens. Poor woman must have been terrified as he was killing her...
John Roberts December 08, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Dec 4th....A warden and guards are removed from a prison for making the inmates perform sexual acts...Dec 6 th New York State Pen...Sued for use of solitary confinement..Placing in,ages in solitary confinement with no trials,charges,and no specific time frames...Misuse of solitary confinement...Inmate in solitary confinement for 15 years for arguing with guard and warden...is all I am saying....Darel was ok yeah had DUI's but it just seems funny within 24 hours of being released he kills...Which tells me he suffered mental breakdown in prison because he didn't kill his abusive grandmother until now..If it was in him before prison he would of killed her when she was abusing him..but now she is 90 and he just decides to kill her?come on
gary muchitch December 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I've known darel s longtime and was never ever a bad guy yea he liked to drink that's what got him in trouble to begin with...and something had to happen to him in the big house..and he would not hurt a fly..it's a shame that he did that..my thoughts and prayers got out to his aunts... may his grandma rest in peace...
Scott Evans December 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
John Roberts you are a fool. You shouldn't try to sound like an expert on things you know nothing about. It only makes you sound like the rambling idiot that you are. You don't know darel and you know nothing about the il. Prison system. Just because you know someone who knows somone who has a friend of a friend that has relative whose friends dads buddy went to prison,didn't make you an expert. I've known this guy for years and I spent several years in prison so if you don't know him or the system then please keep your stupidity to yourself.
cornholio May 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM
don't cry for this turd

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