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Judge reduces McHenry woman's bond, sets restrictions for her release

Stephanie Linderman, 23, of McHenry, was charged with solicitation of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit aggravated battery and disorderly conduct.
Stephanie Linderman, 23, of McHenry, was charged with solicitation of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit aggravated battery and disorderly conduct.

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge agreed to reduce bond for Stephanie Linderman, a McHenry woman accused of trying to get someone to kill her ex-boyfriend, after reviewing her psychological evaluation in court Monday.

The report from Linderman’s psychiatrist said the 23-year-old has special needs that affect her both emotionally and developmentally.

After reading the report, Judge James Cowlin reduced Linderman’s bond from $1 million to $75,000.

Her parents now must post $7,500 to have their daughter released from the county jail, where she has been since her Oct. 28 arrest.

Linderman’s psychiatrist said in his evaluation that despite the woman’s “poor judgment” and “below-average intelligence,” she is not a threat to the public.

McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney John Gibbons said Linderman's special needs are not an excuse, but he argued that her threats should be considered in context with her mental disabilities.

Gibbons objected to Linderman's bond reduction, but asked that if it were to be reduced that Cowlin set guidelines to make sure she would be properly monitored and counseled.

Cowlin expressed concerns about whether Linderman was a threat to the public, and ordered that if bond were posted on her behalf, she would be required to obey a list of conditions. Some of the potential restrictions include a court-ordered curfew and remaining under the constant watch of her mother, Michelle Linderman.

“I think supervision here for this young lady is critical,” Cowlin said.

If released from the McHenry County Jail, Linderman also would be subject to random drug and alcohol tests. She must continue receiving psychological counseling and regularly take the medications previously prescribed to her by a psychiatrist, Cowlin said.

She would be barred from having any contact with her ex-boyfriend, his family and his place of work, and she must stay off the McHenry County College campus. She also faces the possibility of electronic monitoring by the court.

Linderman asked Cowlin in court Monday if the order to not contact with her ex-boyfriend could be made permanent, but the judge denied her request.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

Linderman is charged with solicitation of murder, solicitation to commit aggravated battery and disorderly conduct for intentionally making threats to her ex-boyfriend.

Linderman’s parents declined to comment on the judge’s ruling.

Monday’s hearing marked the end of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office’s involvement with the situation.

The remainder of the case will be overseen by a special prosecutor from the Illinois Office of the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor because of a conflict of interest between the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and Linderman’s family.

Linderman’s father, Mike Linderman, donated $2,500 to McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s election campaign in August.

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