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Spring Grove homicide victim identified; suspect's bond set at $5M

Man facing murder charge not in court Friday; bond set at $5 million

A criminal complaint filed Friday in McHenry County court identified Dylan Sanchez as the victim of a fatal shooting for which a 47-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors on Thursday charged John Maki Jr. of Spring Grove with first-degree murder after he allegedly shot Sanchez in the head with a firearm Wednesday, according to the criminal complaint.

Maki was not present in bond court Friday morning, where he was scheduled to make a brief appearance before a judge at the McHenry County Jail. It is unclear why Maki was not in court.

Judge Joel Berg’s microphone was turned off when bond matters were set for Maki’s case, meaning members of the public, including at least one of Maki’s relatives, were unable to hear details about the case or Maki’s whereabouts.

An order filed after court Friday morning showed that Maki’s bond was set at $5 million, and the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent him. Maki is due back in court May 31.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office declined to release any information about the death, including the victim’s age, while the investigation is ongoing. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, but it was unclear whether officials would release their findings.

About 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies responded to the 11100 block of Serenity Path in Spring Grove to assist the Spring Grove Fire Protection District. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Maki and the body of a man inside the home, according to a news release.

The sheriff’s office, McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team and coroner’s office still are investigating. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the county’s Criminal Investigation Division at 815-334-4750.

Deputies were in and out of the home, which was surrounded by crime scene tape, Thursday afternoon. Residents, who declined to give their names, said sheriff’s deputies were at the home overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

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