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Judge rules man was legally insane in stabbing death of father

John W. Shenko will receive ongoing mental health treatment

A judge has found John W. Shenko, 24, not guilty by reason of insanity of the charge of first-degree murder in the Aug. 13, 2017, death of his father, Kevin Shenko, at their St. Charles Township home.
A judge has found John W. Shenko, 24, not guilty by reason of insanity of the charge of first-degree murder in the Aug. 13, 2017, death of his father, Kevin Shenko, at their St. Charles Township home.

ST. CHARLES – A Kane County judge has determined that a St. Charles Township man was legally insane when he killed his father in August 2017.

Circuit Judge John Barsanti on Feb. 7 found John W. Shenko, 24, not guilty by reason of insanity of the charge of first-degree murder in the Aug. 13, 2017, death of Kevin Shenko, 60, at their home in St. Charles Township. Prosecutors stated that Kevin Shenko's body had more than 100 wounds.

Shenko is autistic along with being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The Kane County Diagnostic Center had conducted a psychological evaluation of John Shenko and determined that he is severely mentally ill.

He will be transferred to a secure facility operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services, where he will receive ongoing mental health treatment, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office. According to Illinois law, Shenko can be held for up to 60 years.

According to court records, when sheriff's deputies arrived at his father's house, John Shenko was straddling his dead father's naked body, both of them covered in blood, while he kept repeating, "Die, die, die, die, die."

"No one else is here. My name is God. I killed Satan," Shenko also told Kane County Sheriff's Office deputies, according to court records. "You're going to have to trust me, you're going to have to believe in me."

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