Crime & Courts

Ex-Carpentersville man gets 25 years in prison after threatening woman with gun

Chad W. Conway, 40
Chad W. Conway, 40

A former Carpentersville man on Tuesday was sentenced to prison for 25 years after a 2015 incident where he threatened to kill a woman, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Chad W. Conway, 40, previously of Carpentersville and most recently of the 11000 block of Oxbow Drive, Roscoe, was convicted Feb. 22, 2017 of being an armed habitual criminal and possession of a weapon by a felon, according to the release.

Prosecutors said Conway, who has a lengthy criminal history, put a gun to a woman’s forehead and told her children to “Come watch your mother die.”

The incident occurred March 21, 2015, in the 1700 block of Papoose Road, Carpentersville. Prosecutors said Conway went to a cousin’s home at 3:30 a.m. and put a handgun and later a wad of cash on the kitchen table. A woman and two sleeping children were also home.

The woman confronted Conway about the handgun – a Ruger Blackhawk .357 magnum revolver – and put the gun in a drawer. She then took $20 from Conway and asked him to leave, prompting Conway to fire a shot at a kitchen wall and demand the woman return his money, prosecutors said. The woman took another $20 bill, and Conway fired a second shot.

Conway grabbed the woman by her throat, put the gun to her forehead and forced her into the living room, prosecutors said. He then called to the children and told them to “Come watch your mother die,” the state’s attorney’s office said.

Shortly after, he left the home and the woman called 911.

Conway wasn’t legally allowed to have a gun because of his long criminal history that includes cocaine delivery, battery, aggravated battery, domestic battery, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon, officials said.

He received an extended prison term because of his criminal history, according to the release.

“Twenty-five years is an appropriate sentence. This defendant has shown time and time again that he is a violent and career criminal. The community is safer with him in prison,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a statement.

Conway must serve at least 85% of his sentence, and will receive credit for the 1,530 days he has already spent in the Kane County jail. Kane County Associate Judge Linda Abrahamson issued the sentence.

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