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Mother of accused Willowbrook murderer sentenced for obstructing justice

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:56 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:00 p.m. CST

WILLOWBROOK — A 43-year-old Willowbrook woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in attempting to help her son conceal evidence in a murder case against him.

Elva Hernandez entered a guilty plea to one count of obstructing justice, a Class 4 felony, on Thursday. Her son, Juan Cuellar, is accused of first-degree murder in the September 2012 shooting death of Joshua Holmes.

About 6:45 p.m. Sept. 24, 2012, the DuPage County Sheriff's Office received a report of gunshots fired in the area of Honeysuckle Rose and Lilac lanes in Willowbrook. Holmes was lying on the roadway and bleeding, the apparent victim of gunshot wounds.

Holmes died from his injuries at a local hospital. An investigation resulted in a first-degree murder charge against Cuellar.

Following the murder, Cuellar allegedly met with his mother, who assisted him in disposing the murder weapon in the Fox River, prosecutors said. The following day, a local resident discovered the gun and alerted police, who recovered the weapon.

Cuellar is currently being held without bond in DuPage County Jail. He will next appear in court on Monday.

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