Jan. 28 trial date for woman accused of Lincolnshire attack
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org December 12, 2012 6:52PM
Updated: January 14, 2013 7:19AM
Attorneys said Wednesday they are ready to take a nearly decade-old case to trial Jan. 28.
Sandra Rogers took a plea deal giving her 30 years in prison for attacking her ex-husband and his new wife when they were asleep in their Lincolnshire home on May 19, 2003. Her plea of no contest did not directly admit guilt for the attempted murder charge.
Rogers, formerly of Mundelein, served about seven and a half years of her sentence until her case came back to Lake County. She alleged the attorney who represented her was ineffective for his failure to investigate a jail corrections officer who allegedly passed messages between Rogers and co-defendant Jonathan McMeekin.
McMeekin is serving a 20-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to helping Rogers break into the Lincolnshire home.
Detectives have met with McMeekin while he is incarcerated after Rogers’ case was brought back to Lake County, Assistant State’s Attorney George Pappas said Wednesday. He asked for an additional status date regarding receiving a report generated from that encounter.
Pappas and defense attorney Gillian Gosch told Judge John Phillips they are prepared to go to trial.
Rogers is in custody at Lake County Jail in lieu of $4 million bond. She is due back in court Jan. 2.
McMeekin, 26, is in custody at Lawrence Correctional Center. His projected parole date is Aug. 20, 2020, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.