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Crime & Courts

Department of Corrections removes murderer originally paroled to La Grange from 2nd location

Carl Reimann
Carl Reimann

LA GRANGE – The former Sandwich man convicted of a 1972 mass murder in Yorkville and paroled last month has been moved a second time after he was relocated to a sober living house in Calumet City.

Carl Reimann, who was convicted in 1973 of murdering five people at a Yorkville restaurant, was paroled April 26 against the wishes of the victims’ family members and officials, including Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis and Sheriff Dwight Baird.

After his parole was granted, Reimann was moved to a home in La Grange belonging to a couple who had visited him for many years in prison and were members of a church that supported his parole. However, that home was across the street from Seventh Avenue Elementary School, and La Grange School District 105, neighbors and parents expressed concern about his location.

Reimann was then moved to a fully furnished home in the 300 block of Memorial Drive in south suburban Calumet City. The house is a sober living facility owned by an organization called Elite Houses of Sober Living. That home is a block away from an elementary school, as well as a park and recreation center.

However, in a message to parents sent May 16, Calumet School District 155 Superintendent Troy Paraday wrote the Department of Corrections had removed Reimann from the Calumet City home earlier that morning.

Paraday wrote the Board of Education had been working closely with state Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr., D-Chicago, and state Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, regarding Reimann's location, and the legislators worked with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board to have Reimann removed from the city "effective immediately."

"As of this morning, May 16, 2018, at approximately 6 a.m., [Reimann] was removed from Calumet City by the Department of Corrections," Paraday wrote.

Later on May 16, Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush released a statement slamming the state for the "apparent steering of a paroled mass murderer away from a predominantly white suburban La Grange household near a grammar school to a similar location in a racially diverse neighborhood of Calumet City."

Qualkinbush said in her statement that Jason Garnett, chief of the Department of Corrections' parole division, had confirmed Reimann "is now incarcerated in Dixon, Illinois."

Reimann previously was housed at Dixon Correctional Center, but it was unclear as of the afternoon of May 16 if Reimann was being housed there temporarily until he can find permanent housing or if his parole was revoked.

Reimann is listed on the Illinois State Police Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry. Reimann previously had been listed on the Department of Corrections website as requiring sex offender registration, but that designation has since been removed.

According to a presentence report in Reimann’s 1973 case file, Reimann was charged with “contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor child” on Sept. 8, 1966, in Aurora.

Reimann was convicted of the Dec. 29, 1972, murder of five people during a robbery at the Pine Village Steak House in Yorkville. Killed in the incident were David Gardner, 35, of Yorkville; Robert Loftus, 48, of Bristol; Catherine Rekate, 16, of Yorkville; John Wilson, 48, of North Aurora; and George Pashade, 74, of Aurora.

Reimann's accomplice in the robbery, Betty Piche, was convicted for her role and spent time in state prison but was released in the 1980s. She has since died.

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