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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, October 28, 2019

Cicero Man Pleads Guilty to Attempt First Degree Murder

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Cicero man has entered a plea of guilty to intentionally running over his girlfriend, Yesenia Rodriguez, in a Yorktown Mall parking lot in the summer of 2018. Jose Aguirre, 48 (d.o.b. 11/15/1970) entered a plea of guilty this morning to one count of Attempt First Degree Murder, a Class X Felony, in front of Judge Brian Telander. In exchange for his guilty plea, the State has agreed to cap its sentencing recommendation at twenty-three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. On August 29, 2018, Aguirre appeared in Bond Court where he was denied bond. He has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.   
            On Monday, August 27, 2018, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Yesenia was walking across the Yorktown parking lot on her way to work. As she was walking, Aguirre drove his Ford Expedition toward her and struck her with the vehicle, completely running her over with both the front and rear driver’s side tires of the vehicle. Aguirre then fled the scene in the vehicle. Yesenia suffered numerous injuries including injuries to her spine, hip bone and jaw bone. An investigation led by the Lombard Police Department led to Aguirre who was taken into custody the following day. The investigation also revealed that prior to running her over, Aguirre had sent numerous texts to Yesenia threatening her safety including “You’re going to die this week,” “You’ll pay for this and with blood” and “I’m going to kill you.”   
            “With today’s guilty plea, Mr. Aguirre confirmed what his threats and actions already told us – that he intended to kill Yesenia,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, Mr. Aguirre was not successful in carrying out his threats. While Yesenia has been through an unbelievable amount of pain and suffering and will likely feel the effects of what Mr. Aguirre did to her for the rest of her life, she is still with us today. I would like to thank the Lombard Police Department for their tremendous work in the identification and apprehension of Mr. Aguirre. I would also like to thank Assistant State's Attorneys Mike Fisher and Patrick Miner for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Aguirre that ultimately led to today’s plea." 
            Aguirre’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 10, 2019, for return of the Pre-sentencing Report.