The daughter and grandson charged with neglect following the death of Catherine Bottino of Wilmington pleaded guilty to two of the three counts against them and received their sentences from Will County Circuit Court Judge Edward Burmila Jr.
Bottino, 92, died at home in bed, Friday, April 24, 2009. Will County Coroner Patrick K. O'Neil listed her cause of death as inanition (starvation) and dehydration due to elder neglect.
Bottino's daughter, Ilse M. Krone, 57, and her son, Harold A. Van Duyne Jr., 33, who lived with Bottino, were each charged with two counts of criminal neglect of an elderly person and one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person, all class three felony charges.
Van Duyne pleaded guilty to one count of criminal neglect and one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person in August. Judge Burmila sentenced him to two years in prison for each charge. The sentences ran concurrently. Van Duyne also received credit for the 386 days he already served, from Aug. 5, 2009 to Aug. 25, 2010.
He was ordered to serve a mandatory one-year parole at the end of his sentence.
Van Duyne was in custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), at the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet. He has been released on parole, according to the IDOC.
Krone entered a guilty plea on Nov. 4, to one count of criminal neglect of an elderly person and one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person. Judge Burmila accepted the plea and on Friday, Nov. 12 sentenced her to four years in prison on each charge, also to be served concurrently.
Krone will received credit for 465 days already served, and will also have a one-year parole upon her release.
Krone remains an inmate at the Will County Adult Detention Facility in Joliet awaiting transfer to a state facility.
The Will County state's attorney's office elected not to pursue the remaining criminal neglect charge. Both Krone and Van Duyne were ordered to provide DNA samples for inclusion in the Illinois State Police database.