UNION COUNTY, Ill. – An Illinois man was having problems. Someone kept stealing things from inside the shed sitting on his property.
So he tried putting up some “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” signs to try and deter the supposed burglars. That should help, right? But it didn’t stop the thefts.
So he stepped up his game and rigged a booby-trap that triggered a shotgun blast when someone would open the shed door. He even slapped a padlock on the outside, put up another “Do Not Enter” sign and then nailed the door shut for good measure.
Turns out he caught the man he suspected of going through his stuff… but now he’s facing serious time behind bars because of it.
A report from Fox said that William Wasmund, 48, has been found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated battery after the booby-trap accomplished its mission and ended up taking the life of his neighbor, whom police identified as Jeff Spicer.
Prosecutors said in Wasmund’s trial that he had mounted the shotgun inside the shed and then tied a rope between the trigger and the door so that when someone opened it, the gun would fire in the direction of the intruder.
Investigators said that a man who lived nearby the property found Spicer’s body on September 16, 2018. Now, one year later, he’s facing the music.
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Wasmund’s defense attorneys argued that the booby-trap had only been rigged because of the thefts that Wasmund had suspected his neighbor of committing. They eluded to the fact that Spicer must have been there to steal as he ignored multiple “No Trespassing” and “Keep Out” signs on the property before eventually going and opening the shed, ultimately leading to his death.
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The shed was also reportedly closed up with a padlock, and Spicer allegedly broke that lock to gain access to the shed.
But Special Prosecutor Matt Goetten said the details of why Spicer was on the property don’t excuse Wasmund’s actions. Goetten said that regardless of why the suspect had rigged the shotgun to fire, he had admitted to doing so, which ultimately cost Spicer his life.
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Fox reported that Mr. Wasmund has now been found guilty of the first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges is now scheduled to be handed his sentence on December 16 by a Union County judge.
Wasmund’s defense attorney has said that the verdict will be appealed.