State’s Attorney’s Office May Seek Life Imprisonment for Waukegan Man in Beach Park Shooting

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s office announced yesterday that prosecutors may seek a sentence of natural life in prison for a 34-year-old Waukegan man who is charged with murdering a married couple in Beach Park in December.

Timothy D. Triplett Jr., 34, was indicted by a Lake County Grand Jury Wednesday on murder charges for the shooting death of Carlos Rodas Perez and Mercedes Rodas.

Timothy Triplett, 34, will be arraigned Monday for the Dec. 8 fatal shooting of Carlos Rodas Perez and Mercedes Perez in Beach Park, Ill.

He is being held in Lake County Jail with bail set at $5 million and is scheduled for arraignment Monday at 9 a.m. before Lake County Circuit Judge Mark Levitt.

Triplett was arrested in January following a thorough investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

“I  commend the Sheriff’s Office on their thorough investigation. Because of their outstanding work, we feel confident that we will achieve justice for the two victims in this senseless homicide,” Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said Thursday. “Our continued condolences to the Rodas family.”

On December 8, 2020, at approximately 9:40 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 10000 block of West Wadsworth Road, Beach Park, for a report of a person down.

Deputies arrived and located a 49-year-old female and a 52-year-old male in the garage of the residence. Both appeared to have been shot.

The sheriff’s deputies attempted life-saving measures; however they were unsuccessful. Both victims were pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Prosecutors said information contained in the indictments has led to the consideration of seeking a natural life sentence for Triplett if he is convicted of the crime.

In the United States, all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder of the Local Newsreader. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and their two wild beasts.

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