Chester Weger taken to Peru hospital

Paramedics, police respond to Weger’s La Salle home

La Salle paramedics and police responded Sunday to the home of Chester Weger and transported him to St. Margaret’s Health - Peru.

Emergency responders received the call there was an unresponsive man in the home, said La Salle Police Chief Mike Smudzinski. Weger did become responsive, Smudzinski said. Weger lives with a caretaker.

As a convicted murderer, Weger, 82, is registered with authorities as a resident on the 200 block of Fourth Street in La Salle.

Weger was sentenced to life in prison for killing Lillian Oetting. He confessed to killing Oetting and two companions, Frances Murphy and Mildred Lindquist, in a botched robbery at Starved Rock State Park but later recanted. Weger still maintains his innocence and attorneys working on his behalf are trying to bring evidence from the 1960 case back to light for modern testing.

Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.