ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Indiana man will go to prison for trying to kill his ex-wife at her place of employment in Sugar Grove in December 2017, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.
Kane County Circuit Judge D.J. Tegeler Jr., today convicted Kennrith L. Foster, 50, of attempted first-degree murder, three counts each of armed robbery and armed violence,
aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
Foster had waived his right to a jury trial, instead having a bench trial before Tegeler.
Prosecutors presented evidence that around 3 a.m. Dec. 17, 2017, Foster entered a business in the 300 block of Sugar Grove Parkway, Sugar Grove, in search of his former wife, the release stated.
He approached her, put a handgun to her head and fired a single shot, striking her in the head. Foster then beat, strangled and stomped the victim before fleeing, the release stated.
The FBI took him into custody 11 days later in Phoenix.
Tegeler set Foster's next court appearance for Dec. 23, for motions and sentencing.
Foster faces a minimum sentence of 31 years in prison.
Foster remains in custody at the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bail.
Tegeler revoked Foster’s bond upon conviction and ordered him taken into custody at the Kane County jail.
"By all accounts, Mr. Foster could well have been on trial this week for first-degree murder,” Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon stated in the release.
“It is fortunate for everyone that his former wife survived his violent attack and is still alive,” McMahon stated in the release. “My thanks to (Assistant State’s Attorneys) Greg Sams and Hillary Sadler, the Sugar Grove police, the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force and the FBI for their work in bringing Mr. Foster to justice."