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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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Shannon December 06, 2012 at 06:53 AM
True we don't need guys like him on our streets but there are some guys that truly change when there obviously he isn't one of them unless he changed for the worse.My brother is in on a DUI charge right now and while yes I agree it was wrong I also know that he knows that too.It's just a shame people end up like this guy...
lala December 06, 2012 at 11:28 AM
What a waste of flesh. May he rot in jail and go straight to hell.
Mayhem December 06, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Four DUI convictions should have led someone to believe that this scumbag had no regard for anyones life as it was. Now, because of the irresponsible decision by Quinn to do away with the death penalty in Illinois, we tax payers get to foot the bill to take care of this useless pieceof crap until he dies. One can only hope that he meets a horrible demise like the one he inflicted on his grandma. Second, lets hope that Illinois voters are smart enough to vote Quinn out of office.
jay hauptenauer December 06, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Wow. He sure showed that old lady who was tough. We'll be feeding and clothing and suffering through the appeals a long time.
John Roberts December 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Death penalty has killed innocent people,murder is murder weather through the courts or not..Prison is not rehab,this guy had a drinking and driving problem sure but prison didn't "rehab" him...it needs to be checked if this guy was ever in "Solitary confinement" and how long,being that solitary confinement is not regulated and known to cause people to do this same thing...get out and it is just too much and someone gets hurt...a phyc evaluation before leaving prison should be required for all...and no one really knows if he did it to begin with....just like the missing mom everyone wanted to hang the boyfriend,when she was busted committing crimes,breaking into buildings in Georgia..lmao
Christina December 06, 2012 at 03:11 PM
John Roberts, I wonder if you would still feel the same about the death penalty if it was your whole family in the car that he killed while driving drunk for the fourth time. Its easy to judge "murder for murder" when you are not the victim and everyone in your family will be celabrating a wonderful Christmas this year.
Christina December 06, 2012 at 03:14 PM
This man looks like he was born without a soul. Please let us all give him a fair trial so he can get out early and do it again so we can just keep paying and paying and paying.
John Roberts December 06, 2012 at 03:27 PM
See my mother was killed by a drunk driver lady on Briggs street here in Joliet.In 1995 know what killed my mom? When the police decided to chase him at 110 mph on his boarded out crotch rocket....his parents chained the bike up,took the keys,he cut the chain,hot wired the bike and went partying,.the police spotted him and a pursuit started...The license plate was on the bike at the time of the accident so there for all the police had to do was read it...but in the end he hit my mom and killed himself,his cousin,and my mother....It wasn't the drinking that killed them,it wasn't the bike..it was fear of going to jail....the only reason he ran....And lets say the kid would of made it...if I didn't kill him for what he did..then he would of went to prison..and ya think he would of been rehabbed? No he would of been more dangerous when he came out,lifting weights,connections to gangs,drugs,more like a killer instinct...What I am saying is DUI's there should be different programs..Millions of people drive drunk everyday according to the legal limit..and do not wreck...one glass of wine and someone hits you and it was not your fault..it becomes your fault,and youre thrown into prisons...now take yourself and place yourself in a prison..chances are your not going to be the cookie baking housewife..your going to be tougher,harder,and less tolerant of people and you got like this from a prison not rehab or a facility that deals with drinkers.
John Roberts December 06, 2012 at 03:40 PM
But in reality...if I would of killed the kid that hit my mother and killed her...It would not be justified ...it would of been revenge which is murder...If your protecting your family in your home or from some one trying to hurt you on the streets in a given situation then it is murder...There is a fine line between self defense and murder...eye for an eye leaves every body blind...death penalty the same...just take a look at how many innocent people were killed on death row that have been since cleared of ANY wrong doing....You need to be realistic. The police can place you anywhere at any time and pin a murder on you in a minute that you had nothing to do with..they handle all evidence that's used against you...the take posession of all evidence...Remember ole Fox from Wilmington?..now according to everyone he did it .and everyone recommended death for the father....until they found out he had nothing to do with it...
John Roberts December 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Your talking to a realist lady not some one who imagines how the world is supposed to be..but someone who sees it for what it really is...You have not a clue about me or my life,you see me on here always talking about guns?I have a family member that was shot and killed on my Birthday lady across the street from my house....My aunt shot him in self defense...sure it was my uncle..but she is a human too and has a life and he threatened it...and she survived...I do not believe banning guns would of solved it...she could of used a bat,knife,poison,..but that becomes murder...she shot him in a given situation...she didn't come back later,after lunch...understand this..I have seen family killed by people and by their own actions...I have family that's been to prison,do drugs,still doing drugs...even after going to prison 3x....Prison is not rehabilitation...and going to prison is supposed to be paying your debt to society...but I am telling you now...when people come out of prison...if you get 2 or more people in one room that's been to prison..the whole mood of the room becomes like a prison mentality..I have seen it in my own home,with my own family and friends....everyone watching everyone....and me watching everyone watching everyone....like a prison...The conditions of prison sure is not supposed to be comfortable..but we're not supposed to be turning people into psychos either.and releasing them..separation of criminal offenses...is the bottom line..was my point..
Christina December 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Good point. Thank you and I'm sorry. God bless. Take care John
John Roberts December 06, 2012 at 04:16 PM
What's funny is if any of you went to prison the very first thing every single one of you would try to do is what ever you can to get your sentence reduced...Your a$$es would be signing up for schooling you don't need,prison jobs,seeking certificates anything you could to say look I am being a good citizen now...I have learned my lesson...lol..sit and deny it all you want but until you find yourself in there you have not a clue...and you can bet your a$$ your be claiming you found god too...and go to church and everything...all the stuff you never did...Just to have your sentence reduced....No I have not been to prison but common sense says you do not want to be in there and your going to do what you can to get out...if people had no hope in prison that would be a dangerous situation for guards...going to prison and learning,using knowledge,getting certificates,and learning to use your knowledge to be a functional part of society is worthy of a thief,or drug addict to get another shot...now when this guy went to prison...All parties agreed to his sentence..maybe not the family but that's what happens when politicians try to make a law and no one shows up at the meetings...They make the laws they want...3 strikes law..yep seems great right? Until your kid comes into the house with weed you knew nothing about and your parole officer hauls you to prison for life for finding it in your home...life because of your kid..and what's that do to the kid? Destroys him....
John Roberts December 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Apology accepted...may your family be blessed and may you all have a safe Christmas and New year...
jay hauptenauer December 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Dunno. Darrel looks like a douche. He might not get rehabbed in prison, but I don't want him around me and my kin if he's reckless and a killer. If you got a better idea than locking him in a cage or killing him, I'm all ears.
John Roberts December 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Locked in a cage I agree with under regulation though..not just able to sit around and watch time of by..not putting people in solitary confinement for years at a time and expect them to be ok...If found guilty it's time to repay your debt...the main function with this guy should of been programs that deal with people who have killed while DUI,not the same program as a rapist,or child molester...Jail sure if you killed someone...but different prisons for different situations..or break the prisons down to deal with certain people...it's been the same system with the same results for the last 100 years...people go into prison scared and with wandering imaginations and come out hardened,ruthless,non educated,well connected people...Break it down.deal with different criminals in different environments...if all you did was steal a shirt from a store you got no business being locked up with a gang banger who kills people on the streets and cell mates...or a man who rapes children....you going to turn him into a person who is less tolerant of people....you have less time to think about what you did and spend most of your time watching your back from certain people...if divided..you are around people who did what you have done and can see the effects of your actions...what does a guy who's got a DUI careor learn when he has to spen the time watching out for his back from a murderer or rapist...me I would care less about my DUI and more about protection....
J.Anne December 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
well, I bet something went wrong with Darel long before his four DUI's and jail term---ya think? Something went VERY wrong, and I bet grandma knew what it was, God rest her soul. So where's his mama? Where's his daddy? Sometimes people get saved in jail, yes they do. God can reach him there. I pray He does...
Bob December 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
For all of you, I know this guy, and if you knew him like I do, you wouldnt have even thought he was capable of doing this, exspecially knowing his grandma was the only family he had left. He lost his mother to cancer about 5yrs ago. The only person he hurt in his dui conviction was himself cuz he was riding his quad through the neighborhood and ran it into a police car. Now me personally, ive talked to ppl who were there before, and after this happend, and it looks like yes he did it. I agree with John, its the orison system that changed him for the worse. Not to mention the fact that some idiots decided to go buy him bottles of booze after he got out, when he qasnt even suppost to be drinking cuz he was on electronic monitering as part of parole stipulations. Oh and John, I understand your feelings about your mother, I lost my cousin in the same accident, he was the one driving the bike, your not the only one who lost a family member that horrible night, I lost 2!
Scott Evans December 06, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I have to say, that I know Darel very well also and have known him for a very long time. I haven't seen him in probably 6 or 7 yrs. but the darel I knew, nobody would ever think he was capable of doing something like this. I will also say that Darel was very mistreated by his Grandmother his entire life. She was hateful and very, VERY mentally and physically abusive of him throughout his entire life. Every single one of Darels friends have at one point or another witnessed how horribly Darel was treated. I am not in ANY WAY shape or form saying that what he did is justified I am simply saying that I do not blame our prison systems for creating "a monster" I am saying that sometimes people are products of their own environment. I now pray for his soul. FYI John, Our prison systems to not put people convicted of DUI in the same prisons with convicted murderers and rapists. Darel was in Jacksonville Correctional Center which is a minimum security prison and does not house dangerous violent criminals. Our justice system did not create this monster, his own life created it. Everybody who knows Darel knows that he was always a little off but never thought he was filled with this much hate and capable of such an extremely horrible crime. I now pray that God comforts her daughter and the rest of her family. But like I said Darel was EXTREMELY mistreated for his entire life, still such a horrible crime is never justified, and he will pay for it with the rest of his life.
BillTexas December 07, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The biggest problem in our country concerning crime is that the punishments are not harsh enough. Look at all the gang bangers that get their hands slapped after committing crimes. Look at all the criminals who commit crimes again after being released from prison. We need to put some fear into these morons before they commit the crime!
oldschool December 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Agree, how about this...good behavior means you get out, but not early. Bad behavior means you get to stick around in jail a bit longer.
Purple Kitty Mom December 07, 2012 at 02:50 AM
well said, mayhem!
John Roberts December 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Then you understand exactly what I am saying.I am finding more and more people that were related or knew John and his Cousin....It was just a bad decision by John. I try to use the loss of my mother in quite a few examples as far a self responsibility and me and you both know fear of going to jail is what caused it...I wish it would of happened differently....thing tha hurts the most is she was 5 feet from her driveway...they were pulling into their driveway when the bike hit and spun the van around into the lanes...And in the end buddy I still wouldn't of wanted John to face the death penalty...Keeping him alive and in Jail Would of been much worse...But not if he was around rapists...then he would of been thinking about protection not his actions... People assume that the harshest and quickest punishments are the best...not to me..the long and drawn out process of dealing with what you did every day of the rest of your lond drawn out days...The mind can be like a prison with yourself locked in its cage...
John Roberts December 07, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Wanna bet bud..my father went to prison for 18 months for DUI...he was in prison with people who murdered.it wasn't a special camp it was prison...My cousin just got out not too long ago for Driving on Suspended...He went to Statesville,I have an uncle that got busted with weed while on probation for weed...he is in prison now with murders and rapists...right here in Illinois...FYI the prison systems are under investigation now because of Unregulated terms of Solitary Confinement..with no trials,no court, no crime commited...getting smart with an officer can get you locked in solitary confinement for 2 years....Know what that can do to a person?...check out the experiment the collage did...turned it into a prison.after a week the students were mentally damaged,even the teachers found them selves overriding their conscious decisions and started to take advantage of their power...The experiment was shut down after it was found that it caused mental,and emotional stress to the students..some of the students are now under care by a shrink....Still and it was like 5 years ago the experiment took place..The collage almost got sued and people almost really went to jail...I have another uncle that got busted with 1300 pounds of marijuana he sold 650 of the states weed before they busted him...He didn't go to no special place he went to prison....with all kinds of people who did all kinds of things...like murder,rape,and even child abuse....he had no business with any of them...
John Roberts December 07, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Now think about this..How long was he in prison? He was away from his Grandmother for a bit..He lived all of his life your saying putting up with the abuse...Now he made it all his life without doing anything to her right?....Until he went to prison and got out...and it took one day..Now think what made him snapp off? If he was used to his Grandmother being like this?...My guess is he became less tolerant of authority,and of people..Just gets out of prison and bam...if his grandmother was a bad as people say she isand he is way less tolerant and didn't learn from being in prison that hurting people is wrong..it's a deadly combination....now what did everyone think when this guy came across the Internet and it was said he is being charged in the death of his grandmother? ...I can almost bet after reading he was in prison people thought "Typical convict"...Why is that? When prison is supposed to be a rehabilitation facility...but we expect convicts to act up again..Why? Because of prison mentality and treatment.
John Roberts December 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
And after all of this mistreatment by his Gma why did he never seek revenge? Because in prison you really learn the meaning of revenge because you have to otherwise you become a victim again and again...so you grow less tolerant of people...family or not
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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