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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, April 22, 2019

Bartlett Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder of Wife

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Bartlett man accused of strangling his wife, Nancy, to death has entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Second Degree Murder. Carlo Madonia, 60 (d.o.b. 10/27/1958) of 224 Lido Trail, appeared in Court this morning where he entered his plea in front of Judge Brian Telander. On June 2, 2017, Madonia’s bond was set at $3 million with 10% to apply. He has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.     
            On May 31, 2017, Bartlett police officers responded to a call of medical emergency or possible death at the couple’s home. Upon their arrival, officers found Madonia standing in the kitchen with blood on his hands. He was taken into custody at this time. When officers searched the home, they found Nancy’s body upstairs. She was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the murder revealed that at some point in time on that day, the defendant and his wife got into a verbal altercation which turned physical resulting in Madonia strangling his wife to death.
            “Nearly two years ago, an argument between Mr. Madonia and his wife Nancy took a tragic turn resulting in Carlo Madonia strangling Nancy to death,” Berlin said. “This morning, Mr. Madonia accepted responsibility for the murder of his wife. This is an extremely sad case and it is my hope that Nancy’s surviving family and friends may begin to find some measure of closure knowing that the man responsible for her death has taken responsibility. I would like to thank the Bartlett Police Department and the Major Crimes Task Force for their solid work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jenifer Lindt and Bethany Jackson for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Madonia which ultimately led to today’s guilty plea.” 
            Madonia’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 4 for return of the Pre-sentence Report. His sentencing date is scheduled for June 19.