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Carpentersville man admits stalking estranged wife, now faces prison
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

Leroy Leske

 

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Published: 7/13/2009 11:55 AM

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A Carpentersville man faces up to five years in prison after admitting today to allegations he repeatedly stalked his estranged wife, despite a court order requiring him to stay away.

Leroy J. Leske, 45, pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking as part of a deal in which prosecutors dismissed three other felony stalking charges against him, sparing him the possibility of a 10-year prison term.

Leske, of the 100 block of Pecos Circle, also could receive probation when sentenced Aug. 28.

The aggravated stalking charge alleged that Leske was seen parked outside his wife's Crystal Lake home Oct. 30, about two weeks after she sought an order of protection against him as part of their ongoing divorce proceedings.

On Nov. 2, Assistant McHenry County State's Attorney Donna Kelly said, Leske was seen outside the home again, throwing a batch of flowers that struck his mother-in-law. Leske, at an earlier court hearing, testified that he was delivering the flowers for his daughter to mark the end of her soccer season, and did not intend to hit his mother-in-law with them.

His wife, according to her testimony at an earlier court hearing, said she sought the order of protection after Leske called her twice Oct. 10 making threats that she was "going down with him," that he was watching her and that he had a "new toy."

After the first incidents in late October and early November, Leske was arrested again in early January when his wife told authorities he was seen outside her home and driving repeatedly past a friend's home on separate days in December. He has been held in the McHenry County jail since.

Leske attorney William Bligh declined to comment on the plea agreement, but said his client would be asking for probation when sentenced next month.