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Naperville man, 73, gets probation for soliciting executor's beating

Ladislav Fromelius

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A 73-year-old Naperville man was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for soliciting the beating of an estate executor in a feud over a $100,000 inheritance.

Ladislav Fromelius had faced up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to solicitation of armed violence.

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In addition to probation, he was sentenced to time served in jail and ordered to wear a tracking device for six months to ensure he has no contact with the victim.

DuPage County prosecutors said Fromelius talked to an acquaintance about "eliminating" the estate executor in 2010. According to testimony, the executor had withheld a $100,000 inheritance from Fromelius's late sister because Fromelius was still associated with his ex-wife.

The acquaintance worked with an undercover police officer posing as a "Mr. G." During the course of several recorded conversations, Fromelius agreed to pay $2,000 in exchange for having the executor beaten with a baseball bat, saying he "wanted her leg busted up good," authorities said.

Police arrested Fromelius after he delivered an envelope marked "Mr. G" and containing half the payment to an agreed location in Downers Grove.

Last week, the victim testified she was "sick to my stomach" when she learned of the plot and continues to suffer today.

"I am reminded of this crime every day when I come to and leave my home because the defendant wanted me brutally attacked in my driveway," she said.

Fromelius declined to comment Monday, but one of his supporters maintained he was entrapped and that there was no reason for his inheritance to be withheld.

"He did not initiate anything," his ex-wife Margaret Fromelius said. "I think the police were lied to."

Judge George Bakalis said that while the case did not rise to the level of legal entrapment, it appeared the police informant facilitated Ladislav Fromelius's criminal acts.

The judge also cited testimony from a psychologist that the defendant suffered from an "unspecified cognitive disorder" and early dementia, among a host of other medical problems, which may have affected his decision-making.

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