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Judge: Frankfort Cop 'Went Too Far' in Head-butting, Choking Girlfriend

Frankfort cop Donald Walsh was convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Donald Walsh. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Donald Walsh. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
A Frankfort cop who head-butted, punched and choked his girlfriend in July 2012 was found guilty of misdemeanor domestic battery Tuesday. 

Donald Walsh, 30, of Monee, will consequently lose his position with the Frankfort police department, Sun-Times Media reports. Judge Edward Burmila delivered the verdict following a bench trial in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet.

Walsh's attorney, Steven Haney, claimed then-girlfriend Jillian Fredericks actually attacked Walsh after she questioned him about another woman, and that he acted in self-defense. As evidence, the defense entered surveillance video from a Tinley Park bar depicting a confrontation between the two, in which Fredericks 
struck Walsh. The incident could have led Walsh to feel as though he needed to defend himself, Haney said. 

Even if that were the case, Burmila said Walsh crossed the line. 

Sentencing was scheduled for March 11. 
Ty Conderoga February 12, 2014 at 09:55 PM
Good news. That means he can still serve and protect elsewhere.
local guy February 13, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Yeah this is a joke, he should have gotten a tougher sentence.
Binky's Mom February 13, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Actually, news flash Ty - once a cop is charged with a domestic battery charge....never becomes a cop again. At least not anywhere in the continental U.S.
dave bird February 13, 2014 at 09:58 AM
I know this jerk and he was always a punk,give it time and he will be behind bars for something else,just wait.
Roy Keane February 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM
@Local Guy Relax. This guy will end up suffering. He lost his job for one thing. Secondly, a domestic conviction will pretty much make him unhireable for a quality job. Not only that, if he normally wanted to be a gun owner as a civilian he probably won't be able to do that either. Do I think what he did is wrong? Yes. Did he snap just like anyone can? Yes. But make no mistake, despite the sentence he received he is going to suffer DAILY. You can count on that.
Thomas Maynard February 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Now if the Policeman were Head butted and chocked, the person would have been charged with a felony. This is what is wrong with America, officials taking care of their own.
Roy Keane February 13, 2014 at 02:24 PM
@Christina Finn I hope you're not trying to imply that judges don't have personal agendas. Oh, and elections for judge positions are a joke. And when they're politically appointed that's just as bad.
Brian Hannigan February 13, 2014 at 02:25 PM
U. N. Owen, I'm assuming that you're a man, but you seem to have your own issues with women. Are you married or in a long term relationship? With a woman? How's your relationship with your mother? The trial was before Judge Edward Burmila. If you read the story, and could comprehend it, you'd know that. I dare you to go call him a bitch.
jamiev February 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Also, Judge Burmilla is a male. Ed Burmilla, to be exact.
Dan February 14, 2014 at 08:24 AM
binky's mom. I think he can join the cpd, cause there, if you say you left your gun ,and go use the washroom,and a women shoots herself ,you still got a job.
Roy Keane February 14, 2014 at 09:13 AM
@Dan There is absolutely no basis behind what you just said and it was about as stupid and unintellectual as it comes. After Kevin Waters, Anyhony Abate, Etc. It's never been harder to hold onto a CPD job as it is today.
Jacob Matthews February 14, 2014 at 05:45 PM
I'm sure the facts were "altered" by his co-workers. Never met a cop yet who didn't lie and manufacture evidence. There are two sides to every story, that is until a cop gets involved, then there is one side. God is the only true judge.

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