A man from Harvey has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for a carjacking and shooting that left an aurora woman permanently paralyzed in 2021.
Kane County Court records show that 27-year-old Edward J. McGee agreed to a prison sentence in connection with a guilty plea in the vehicle hijacking case.
McGee was one of four people who police say kidnapped a man in DeKalb County in 2021 and then stopped in Aurora to look for another car. Meanwhile, a woman had left her two sons at her parents’ house and was attending some errands when she stopped for some food at Aurora’s Wendy’s at around 4 p.m. on January 16, family friends said. previously told The Beacon-News.
Police previously said she was listening to an audiobook while dining in the restaurant’s parking lot on the 1200 block of North Orchard Road when a Ford Escape pulled over and at least two people surrounded her SUV.
The woman was pushed to the center console, shot in the spine and four men, including McGee, forcibly pulled her car from her vehicle, police said.
One of Harvey’s teens is accused of pointing a pistol at the woman’s back. She was lying in the parking lot with a broken vertebra, leaving her paralyzed and a bullet still stuck in her spine.
Shortly after, his vehicle was used in a carjacking in Lansing and was recovered on January 20 at Harvey with multiple bullet holes inside and outside the vehicle, officials said.
The teenager was later charged as an adult and Darrell Frazier of Lansing was also charged. Cases are still pending against both. Authorities said the fourth suspect in the carjacking was shot and killed during a vehicle hijacking in Lansing later that month.
Court records show that McGee must serve at least 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He received credit for the 550 days he spent in the Kane County Jail.