Chester Weger

Chester Weger (Illinois Department of Corrections photo)

The man convicted in LaSalle County's infamous 1960 Starved Rock murder case will have his case go back before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board for a parole hearing, next month, following a deadlock vote last year where one board member was absent.

According to Illinois Prisoner Review Board information, the hearing that was originally scheduled for October 31st will be slightly delayed and will now occur on November 21st.

Eighty year-old Chester Weger was up for parole for the 23rd time, last November. He has served 59 years in prison, convicted of the 1960 Starved Rock State Park beating murder of Lillian Oetting, where three women were found beaten. The board was tied 7-7, the same vote for the third time in six years, meaning parole was not granted.

Parole hearings involve opportunity for public testimony from family and representatives close to the case that is often emotional.

Family of Weger and Oetting both testified last year with Weger's family pleading to allow for Weger's release. Officials such as LaSalle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly petitioned to keep Weger behind bars to serve the remainder of a life sentence.

Board members also speak during the hearings, which are held to address whether an inmate should be granted parole based on their standing and eligibility.

Parole board member Edith Crigler was among those who argued in favor of release.  

Board member William Norton spoke against, citing brutality of the case.

Weger's attorney Andy Hale argued for a re-vote as board member Salvador Diaz, who had previously voted in favor, was sick.

The re-vote never happened. Weger has at least three more chances at parole, including at November's upcoming hearing.