Crime & Courts

Documents: Read the ‘factual basis’ behind the new 2001 Burrito Express plea deal

Nearly 20 years after a McHenry County jury convicted Jennifer McMullan in connection with the 2001 Burrito Express murder, the now 39-year-old was released from prison.

McMullan, who had originally been sentenced to 27 years, saw the original charges against her vacated Wednesday. McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt then allowed her to plead guilty to a new charge of armed violence, for which she was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison.

That term is considered complete after accounting for the time McMullan already has spent in prison.

Here is the ‘factual basis’ that underlined the new charge of armed violence:

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald from 2017 through 2021. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.

Amanda Marrazzo

Amanda Marrazzo is a staff reporter for Shaw Media who has written stories on just about every topic in the Northwest Suburbs including McHenry County for nearly 20 years.