The following press release was received from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:
PEOPLE v. JOHNCOURS
Louis Bianchi, the State’s Attorney of McHenry County, announces today Defendant Edward Johncours, Sr. pleaded guilty to the Class X felony offense of Attempted Murder and was sentenced to 31 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The defendant must serve 85% of his sentence under Illinois Truth In Sentencing Guidelines. An enhanced statutory 25-year penalty was added to the sentence because the defendant personally discharged a firearm during the course of the attempted murder, causing great bodily harm to the victim, Gloria Johncours, the ex-wife of the defendant.
On the afternoon of April 2, 2007, Gloria Johncours was employed as a real estate agent. After showing a home to a prospective buyer, the defendant pursued Gloria Johncours in his motor vehicle, opening fire with a semi-automatic handgun. Gloria Johncours attempted to call 911, reporting that the defendant was shooting at her. The defendant shot Gloria Johncours in the head as she disclosed her location to the 911 operator. Fortunately, law enforcement responded promptly and Gloria Johncour’s life was spared.
Because of the defendant’s age, this sentence, in effect, serves as a life sentence. Thankfully, the defendant will never be in a position to endanger the safety or life of Gloria Johncours again.
The State’s Attorney’s Office extends its condolences to Gloria Johncours for the life-threatening injuries she suffered at the hands of the defendant.
In addition, State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi thanks the Lake in the Hills and Huntley Police Departments for their thorough investigation of this serious and important case. Finally, thank you to Turning Point for the unending support they provided Gloria Johncours through the lengthy court process.