Daughter-in-law of Cook County Board President arrested for kidnapping and brutal murder

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STOCKBRIDGE, GA – The daughter-in-law of the Board President of Cook County, Illinois, has been charged in connection with the grisly murder and disappearance of a woman in a suburb of Atlanta.

According to authorities in Henry County, GA, Ronisha Preckwinkle, 40, was arrested on July 10, 2021. She was charged with “murder, tampering with evidence and false imprisonment” in the killing and disappearance of 23-year-old victim Mirsha Victor in Stockbridge, Georgia.

Preckwinkle is the daughter-in-law of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.  She is married to Kyle Preckwinkle, Toni Preckwinkle’s son, although the couple are reportedly estranged at present, after separating earlier this year.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police were called multiple times in 2018 and 2019 to Kyle and Ronisha Preckwinkle’s residence when they were living together.

Ronisha Preckwinkle came under investigation after the mother of the murder victim went with police to an apartment complex, after being summoned there by her daughter’s co-worker, a paroled sex offender named Dennis Lane.

Lane served 17 years in prison for predatory criminal sexual assault in the case of the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Illinois, and he was paroled in 2019.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Lane used Victor’s cell phone to request an in-person meeting at his apartment with Victor’s mother, Marie Elien, apparently to profess his innocence in Victor’s disappearance.

A police report indicated that he wanted to tell Elien that “he was not a bad guy” since “everyone was blaming him for Miss Victor being missing.” 

Elien called upon police to accompany her to Lane’s residence, and one Henry County detective who was with her spotted a “bloodstained mattress on top of a dumpster across the street.”

Detectives later executed a search warrant at the location, and they found that a mattress was missing.  They also found blood on the floor and in the bathroom.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times,  authorities determined that Ronisha Preckwinkle assisted Lane and Lane’s brother, 40-year-old Cleounsee Fisher, with the grisly murder of Mirsha Victor.

Victor was allegedly bound with an extension cord, killed, and then raped.

According to her arrest warrant, Ronisha Preckwinkle “removed bagged concealed items from the residence into a vehicle” after the murder.

Fisher allegedly helped dispose of the mattress, and then both Preckwinkle and Fisher allegedly assisted Lane in disposing of Victor’s body.

Video evidence from Lane’s cell phone, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, proved to be both incriminating and disturbing, as it reportedly supported charges of necrophilia for Lane.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Victor’s body was discovered two weeks after her murder in a nearby wooded area, along with the body of another woman, 19-year-old Conteshia McCoy.

Ronisha Preckwinkle is not considered to be associated with McCoy’s death, but Lane has been charged with her murder.  

In addition, according to Henry County Police Captain Henry Lee, Lane is the subject of ongoing investigations for additional crimes, which were not specified.

Preckwinkle was defended by her estranged husband, Kyle Preckwinkle, who asked the Chicago Sun-Times in a phone interview:

“Where’s the evidence?”

He continued:

“My wife of 16 years, the mother of three children, undoubtedly had nothing to do with the kidnapping and murder of two young girls.”

Also according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle declined to comment on her daughter-in-law’s involvement in the murder, “citing the ongoing investigation.”

 

Marie Elien spoke of Victor to Channel 2 Action News, saying:

“She was a very loving girl, fun, outgoing. Always complimented people, you know, anyone she met with.”

She added:

“She was friendly. Not scared of adventure, of meeting new people.”

The Sun-Times reports that Preckwinkle, Lane, and Fisher are all currently in jail, awaiting a court date in September.

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Little sisters, 6 and 7, among at least 48 shot and six killed over the weekend in gun-controlled Chicago

August 17, 2021

CHICAGO, IL – Two sisters, ages 6 and 7, were among those shot – one of which fatally – during the weekend spanning from the evening of August 13th through the 15th in Chicago where six victims were killed and at least 48 others were injured in shootings.

A family in Chicago’s northwest side are grieving the loss of their 7-year-old daughter and are praying for their 6-year-old daughter, who is currently fighting for her life at an area hospital, after the pair were shot while sitting inside of a car on August 15th.

Michael Broughton, the girls’ father, said his family had just spent the morning of August 15th at church and had decided to swing by and visit some of their relatives who live within the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue.

Broughton said they had finished up their visit at around 3:00 p.m., which his daughters were already in the car, and they were going to go grab some food and then head home. Then, the shooting happened.

The grieving father said his 7-year-old daughter, Serenity, was shot through the heart during the drive-by:

“They shot her in her heart. She didn’t even get a chance to fight.”

The family’s other daughter, Aubrey, remains hospitalized. Reports indicate she was shot in the chest and right armpit.

One witness to the shooting, identified only as Alberto, described the sounds of the gunfire going off during the incident:

“Like a machine gun going off, like, you know what I mean, like two people shooting at each other or something.”

Broughton is struggling to come to terms with the incident, commenting that he’s not some sort of miscreant that’s out running the streets and causing trouble:

“I’m not no gangbanger. I’m not out here doing the wrong thing. I’m a CTA worker. I’m a bus driver.”

Regina Broughton, the grandmother of the young girls, says she feels “lost” after the shooting, saying that there’s nothing someone can do to ever prepare for an event such as this:

“I’m lost, I’m lost…I mean they were my life, my everything. How do you prepare yourself for something like this? She was a beautiful child. Her spirit was beautiful, innocent, everything about her was innocent.”

The grandmother of the young girls is urging for the responsible parties to come forward:

“Come forth and take responsibility. Whoever sees this, turn them in, it was a child, she didn’t deserve this. If you have any kind of heart, step forward do what you’re supposed to do, and do what a decent human being should do.”

Aubrey is reportedly alert and talking, which Broughton said that he had to share the news with her that her sister was gone:

“I wouldn’t think she understood, but I had to tell her because she was thinking that her sister was in another room and she was going to see her.”

Local community activist Andrew Holmes is offering a $2,000 reward for any information that can lead to an arrest and conviction in the shooting of these young girls. Another community activist, Ja’mal Green, is also offering an additional $5,000 reward in the case.

The fatal shooting of Serenity Broughton was among at least five others fatally shot in Chicago during the same weekend.

The first fatal shooting transpired on August 13th at approximately 5:15 p.m., where an 18-year-old male that was standing along the 5100 block of West Fullerton was shot in the chest, leg, and back by a suspect in a passing vehicle.

Police say that the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

Hours later at approximately 8:34 p.m., Illinois State Police said that a shooting that happened on the Eisenhower Expressway near Damen Avenue resulted in three victims being shot, one of who was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

On August 14th at approximately 12:40 p.m., a 59-year-old man was shot while driving along the 1200 block of North Pulaski. Officials say that he was struck in the upper back and right arm and was later pronounced deceased after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Later that evening at approximately 8:15 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot while standing on the sidewalk within the 800 block of East 54th Street. Authorities say he was shot in the torso by someone in a white-colored vehicle. The victim was later pronounced deceased after being transferred to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Slightly before 2:00 a.m. on August 15th, two individuals were shot in the 7500 block of South Street. Lawrence. Of the two individuals shot, authorities say a 33-year-old man was pronounced deceased after being transferred to University of Chicago Medical Center.

Chicago police are actively investigating all of the aforementioned cases, with no reports of suspects being apprehended as of this writing.  

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Suspects arrested in murder of Chicago cop are convicted felons on probation – and now their mom has been arrested

(Originally published August 11th, 2021)

CHICAGO, IL – Two of the three suspects arrested in the murder of Chicago police officer Ella French are convicted felons on probation, and their mother has also been arrested after creating a disturbance at a local  hospital.

As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, Officer Ella French was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, August 7, when she and her partner pulled over a vehicle for expired plates that were not registered to the vehicle.

According to CBSN Chicago, after driver Eric Morgan, 22, ran away from the scene, his brother and passenger Emonte Morgan, 21, began struggling with French and her partner.  

Emonte Morgan fired several shots at both officers, striking them both, then fired at a third officer, who returned fire and shot Emonte Morgan in the abdomen.

Officer French tragically died of her injuries, and her partner continues to fight for his life in the hospital.

According to CWB Chicago, both Morgan brothers are convicted felons on probation.

Emonte Morgan has a robbery conviction on his record. 

This event occurred in August of 2019, when Morgan met a 36-year-old victim to purchase his $900 iPhone.  At the meeting, Morgan took the phone and ran away.

The victim caught Morgan and tackled him, and the pair fought.  A passerby also intervened and helped to detain Morgan until police arrived on the scene.

Morgan was initially charged with felony theft and misdemeanor battery.  In November of 2020, he pled guilty to one count of robbery in exchange for two years probation, which was still in effect at the time he allegedly shot and killed Officer French.

In May of 2021, CWB Chicago also reports, prosecutors also filed a motion for violation of probation “after Morgan allegedly fled the scene of an accident involving injury.”

As for Emonte Morgan’s brother Eric, CWB Chicago notes that he allegedly robbed four people of $180 in Madison, WI in June 2018, and “later pleaded guilty to felony theft, according to court records.”  The New York Post reports that he, too, was on probation at the time of the shooting.

Also according to the New York Post, Emonte Morgan has been charged with “first-degree murder of a peace officer, attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer (two counts), aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.”

Eric Morgan has been charged with “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice.”

A third suspect, Jamal Danzy, has been charged with federal firearm violations for straw purchasing the weapon Emonte Morgan allegedly used in the murder, and providing it to him.

The Morgan brothers’ mother, 41-year-old Evalena Flores, has also been arrested after she created a disturbance at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where Emonte Morgan is being treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

CBS Chicago reports that Flores “became angry …when she was unable to see her son.”

The New York Daily News adds that she allegedly kicked a hospital security officer in the groin before her arrest.

Livestream video on social media, reportedly streamed by Flores, shows Flores screaming and struggling with officers.

According to Oak Lawn Police, “Flores will be charged with misdemeanor offenses including battery, resisting a peace officer, and criminal trespass to real property.”  She has a court date in September.

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