A former River Grove woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering her boyfriend at the former Pheasant Run Resort.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that 61-year-old Kathleen Vulpitta has been sentenced to fifteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after entering a plea of guilty to one count of Second-Degree Murder (Class 1 Felony) in the death of her boyfriend, Earl Hagen, Jr., of Plainfield.
On September 6, 2018, at approximately 9:20 p.m., the St. Charles Police Department and medics responded to a medical assist call at the former Pheasant Run Resort located on North Avenue. Upon their arrival, medics found Hagen unresponsive in the west parking lot at the former resort.
An investigation found that Vulpitta and Hagen were staying at the resort and at some point that evening, an argument ensued between the pair. When the argument turned physical, Vulpitta left their room and went to the parking lot and entered Hagen’s car. When Hagen followed, Vulpitta fatally hit him with the vehicle.
“This afternoon, Kathleen Vulpitta took responsibility for the death of Early Hagen, Jr.,” Berlin said. “Earl’s tragic death cannot be undone, and I wish his surviving family and friends strength as they continue their lives without the love and support they once enjoyed from Earl.”