William Curl has "tentatively indicated" he will plead guilty to the murder of NIU student Antinette "Toni" Keller. As part of the agreement, Curl will be sentenced to 37 years in jail.
Keller was reported missing in October 2010. Burned human remains were found in the park on Oct. 16, but it was not until Jan. 6 DNA testing confirmed the remains were Keller's. In February 2011, Curl was indicted by a grand jury on five counts of first degree murder, one count of concealment of a homicidal death, one count of arson, and one count of criminal sexual assault.
He pleaded not guilty on Feb. 22, 2011.
"I can say that if 37 years is the sentence it is unjust for all Toni endured at this man's hands," said Thelma Holderness, who runs the Facebook page for Summoning of Yellow, a Keller remembrance page.
According to a release from the Office of the DeKalb County State's Attorney, the office believes this to be the longest sentence imposed at 100 percent on a negotiated plea to a non-death penalty eligible murder in the county since at least 1980.
Keller's family has been advised of the sentence, according to the Office of the DeKalb County State's Attorney. The plea is expected to take place Wednesday.
Richard Schmack, DeKalb County state's attorney, declined to comment.
Oct. 14, 2010: Keller was last seen
Oct. 16, 2010: Remains found in DeKalb park
Oct. 23, 2010: Curl leaves Illinois
Oct. 26, 2010: Curl arrested in Louisiana
Oct. 29, 2010: Curl charged with murder
Oct. 30, 2010: Curl’s first court appearance
Nov. 24, 2010: DNA sample requested from Curl
Nov. 30, 2010: Curl agrees to give DNA sample
Jan. 6, 2011: DNA test confirms remains found in park are Keller’s
Feb. 1, 2011: Grand Jury indicts Curl on five counts in the murder of Keller
Feb. 17, 2011: Curl deemed psychologically stable to stand trial
Feb. 22, 2011: Curl pleads not guilty to all counts
March 10, 2011: Death penalty no longer possible in William Curl trial--Gov. Pat Quinn abolishes death penalty
March 23, 2011: Keller remains requested to be given to family for memorial
April 3, 2011: Keller family to receive remains
May 1, 2011: Prosecutors say Curl gave conflicting reports on death of NIU student
June 21, 2011: Curl defense receives apartment surveillance video, awaits DNA test on landfill shoes
Nov. 18, 2011: Curl’s trial date rescheduled for third time