Father of AJ Freund sentenced

Andrew Freund Sr, 61, of Crystal Lake, Illinois.

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Friday, September 18 the 61-year-old father of AJ Freund appeared in court and pleaded guilty to three charges as a part of a plea deal.

 

Freund was sentenced to 11 years for aggravated battery of a child, 14 years for involuntary manslaughter, and an additional five years for concealment of a homicide.  Judge Robert Wilbrandt ordered that the sentences be served consecutively "for the protection of the public."

 

As a part of the plea deal, he will receive credit for the time he has served since his arrest in April 2019, and he must cooperate with the investigation into the Department of Children and Family Services.

 

Freund must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.  If he is released, he will be subject to a period of supervised release and will be listed on the state's registry for violent offenders against youths.

 

AJ's mother, JoAnn Cunningham was sentenced in July to 35 years after she had pleaded guilty in December to a single charge of First Degree Murder.

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