Crime & Courts

Man convicted of attempted murder faces battery, weapon possession charges

Wayne J. Christiansen, 73, of the 100 block of West South Street, Woodstock
Wayne J. Christiansen, 73, of the 100 block of West South Street, Woodstock

Police discovered a rubber mallet with a belt attached as a handle in the vehicle of a Woodstock man who previously served prison time for attempted murder.

Wayne J. Christiansen remained at the McHenry County jail Tuesday evening after police said the 73-year-old man struck a woman in the face with his hand. Officers later found what they described as a weapon inside the man’s vehicle. Although Christiansen didn’t use the mallet during the alleged battery, several prior felony convictions barred him from possessing any weapons, according to a criminal complaint.

Christiansen was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1990 after he was convicted of attempted murder in DuPage County, according to documents prosecutors filed in an unrelated 2015 case against Christiansen. Reached by phone Tuesday, representatives from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office could not provide additional details about the conviction or the allegations.

The Illinois Department of Corrections released Christiansen from prison March 8, 2006. He currently resides in the 100 block of West South Street, according to the criminal complaint. He would need to post $5,000 bail to secure his release from the McHenry County jail.

McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis appointed the public defender’s office Friday to represent Christiansen, whose attorney could not immediately be reached to comment.

Officers with the Woodstock Police Department arrested Christiansen on Thursday evening after the man allegedly struck a woman whom he knew in the face with the back of his hand, according to the criminal complaint. At the time, Christiansen’s vehicle was parked in a public space and was towed while he was in custody, Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Ray Lanz said.

Before towing the vehicle, officers performed an inventory search and located a belt that had been fastened to a rubber mallet handle. The belt had a loop at the end that was large enough for someone to fit their fist through, according to the complaint.

Christiansen is charged in McHenry County with battery and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

If he were convicted of the most serious charge, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, he could be sentenced to between three and seven years in prison. The battery charge is a misdemeanor offense that typically results in less than one year in jail.

Christiansen accepted a plea deal from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office last year and received a two-year prison sentence for a felony retail theft conviction, records show.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 1.

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