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Former Wheaton man found guilty of soliciting murder of DuPage officials

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:15 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:22 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – A jury has found Illinois Department of Corrections Inmante Gordon Vanderark guilty of soliciting a fellow inmate to murder a pair of DuPage County officials, according to a press release on May 14.

Vanderark, 56, attempted to hire Harold Myers to kill Judge Blanch Fawell and Assistant State's Attorney Audrey Anderson upon Myers's release. Myers, 60, testified in the five-day-long trial that Vanderark gave him $2,100 to prove that he was serious about the deal, and offered a total of $70,000 for the murders of Fawell, Anderson, Vanderak's wife and a man who held his power of attorney.

Myers eventually wrote to Judge Fawell to warn her of the plot and had a recording device attached to him during his stay in prison. Fawell sentenced Vanderark's to 16 years in prison on December 20, 2010 after his tenth DUI conviction.

According to the release, Vanderak's next court appearance is scheduled for June 5 for return of the pre-sentencing report and faces a minimum of 20 years in the IDOC.

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