A former Naperville resident who broke a chair against the body of his estranged wife during a brutal home invasion two years ago was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for that crime.
Kenny Edwards, 36, was found guilty July 12 of charges of home invasion and domestic battery. DuPage County Circuit Court Judge George J. Bakalis, who presided over Edwards’ four-day jury trial, imposed the prison sentence.
State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin on Thursday said Edwards “mercilessly beat” his wife.
“No one should have to fear for their personal safety while in their home,” Berlin said in a news release. Edwards “violated the sanctity of his estranged wife’s home,” and his “outrageous conduct” earned him the prison term, Berlin said.
Edwards last lived on the 2800 block of Vernal Lane, in the Windridge neighborhood in far west-central Naperville. His estranged wife lived in an apartment complex on the 700 block of Benedetti Drive on the city’s north side.
Naperville police were called about 6:15 a.m. Oct. 30, 2011 to the woman’s apartment. A preliminary police report stated Edwards at the time was choking her with his hands, and was possibly holding a weapon to her neck.
Police found the woman injured at a neighbor’s home. She told police Edwards earlier that morning had entered her apartment without her permission while she was in her bedroom.
She also told police Edwards had beaten her with his fists and two chairs, one of which he broke over her body. The injuries were not life-threatening.
Edwards shortly thereafter fled in a gray Mitsubishi. He was quickly captured on Mill Street south of Diehl Road, a little north and east of the crime scene, following a brief struggle with police.
A grand jury in 2011 indicated Edwards on 23 charges that included home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated domestic battery, burglary and driving under the influence of alcohol. He has been in DuPage County Jail on $200,000 bail since being arrested.