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Crime & Courts

St. Charles Township woman charged 
in domestic battery

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles Township woman has been indicted by a Kane County Grand Jury on a felony charge of aggravated domestic battery.

Julianne Frerichs, 50, of the 34W700 block of North James Drive in the Valley View area of St. Charles Township, was accused of strangling a 16-year-old girl around the neck during an argument March 12, impeding the girl’s breathing.

Frerichs also was indicted on two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery, alleging she struck, pushed, pulled and strangled the victim. The felony charge is punishable by three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. The two misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Frerichs’ bond was set at $30,000. She was released after posting 10 percent, or $3,000, bail. Her next court date is Nov. 28.

Kane County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said grabbing the victim around the neck is what pushed the charge to a felony. The victim had scratches and scrapes and redness around her neck from being grabbed, he said.

“She did not need medical attention [but] once domestics get to the point where there is evidence of potential strangulation or grabbing around the neck, that takes it from pushing and shoving to another level,” Gengler said.

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