BBC NEWS | Americas | Massacre verdict brings closure
Fourteen years after a crime which shocked the city of Chicago, a man has gone on trial accused of the murder of seven people in a fast food restaurant. On a freezing cold night, Richard and Lynn Ehlenfeldt and their five employees were tidying up and preparing to close their chicken restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Palatine. He took only one bite before he and his accomplice pulled out guns and herded the Ehlenfeldts and the five other workers into two refrigerated storerooms at the back of the diner. The pair ran off into the snowy night with their paltry loot and it was several hours before police, alerted by worried relatives, discovered the massacre. Anne Lockett said her ex-boyfriend, Jim Degorksi, had told her hours after the killings: "Watch the news tonight.
The Brown's Chicken Massacre was a mass murder that occurred on January 8, in Palatine, Illinois , at a Brown's Chicken fast-food restaurant, when two robbers killed seven employees. The case remained unsolved for nearly nine years, until one of the assailants was implicated by his girlfriend in Luna was put on trial in , found guilty of seven counts of murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment. James Degorski, the other assailant, was found guilty in on all seven counts of murder, and also sentenced to life imprisonment.
However, the station reports that he may not get to see much of that money. James Degorski, 41, sued a Cook County Jail guard for a incident in which the officer allegedly punched him and broke bones in his face. Degorski had just been arrested in the murders of seven people at the Brown's Chicken restaurant in Palatine, Ill. The convict also could be sued for a portion of the money by his victims' families, reports CBS Chicago.