A 36-year-old former Naperville man was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for illegally entering the home of his estranged wife in 2011 and beating her, officials said.
A jury on July 12 found Kenny Edwards guilty of home invasion and domestic battery after about 1.5 hours of deliberations and a four-day-long trial in front of Judge George Bakalis.
At about 6:15 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2011, Naperville police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the wife's home in Naperville, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release. Upon their arrival, police found the injured woman at her neighbor’s home. She told police Edwards had entered her home without permission earlier that morning while she was in her bedroom.
The estranged wife told police that Edwards beat her with his fists and two chairs, breaking one over her body, the news release said. Edwards was located shortly afterward and arrested. He has remained in custody since his arrest, being held on $200,000 bond.
"Just before sunrise on Oct. 30, 2011, Kenny Edwards illegally entered his estranged wife’s home," DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin said in the release. "Once inside, he mercilessly beat her. No one should have to fear for their personal safety while in their home. Mr. Edwards violated the sanctity of his estranged wife’s home and in doing so has earned himself a nine-year prison sentence."
Berlin thanked the Naperville Police Department for their quick apprehension of Edwards, and for their assistance throughout the case. He also thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Amanda Meindl and Louisa Nuckolls.
Related StoriesFormer Naperville Man Found Guilty in 2011 Home Invasion, Domestic Battery
Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter.
Like Naperville Patch on Facebook.