According to court documents Anna Schroeder was involved in an argument with her mother Peggy Schroeder which ended when Anna would fatally shoot her mother in the head. Following the murder Anna would set the home on fire and fled the scene
Anna Schroeder would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to twenty years in prison
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Admission Date: 11/19/2021
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Anna Schroeder has been sentenced to serve 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
This sentence is set to be followed by a one year period of mandatory supervised release, with credit for 1,581 days served.
After the hearing on Friday, Anna was remanded to the Whiteside County Sheriff to be transported to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Anna Schroeder was set to appear in court for day two of her sentencing hearing. Day two is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5.
On July 6, 2017, at the age of 15, Anna shot her 53-year-old mom, Peggy Schroeder, in the head at their home in Morrison, Illinois. Police say Anna then set the house on fire.
In a plea agreement in 2020, Anna pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
During day one of her sentencing hearing, held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, the judge heard from a detective on the case as well as Peggy’s sister. The detective described what was discovered in the investigation and reviewed a series of text messages between Anna and her girlfriend Rachel Helm, who was also charged in the case.
Anna, now 19, faces between four and 20 years in prison for the murder. A judge announced Wednesday that in addition to this, Anna may see one year of supervised release plus a $25,000 fine.
Helm, now age 19, is due again in court on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. She previously told police that she helped Anna clean up blood in the house and set two fires to try and cover up the crime. She was charged with arson and concealment of a homicidal death.
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Nineteen-year-old Anna Schroeder was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison more than four years after she fatally shot her mother in the head in their Morrison home.
“I’m the child who shot and killed her own mom,” a tearful Schroeder said from the witness stand in a Whiteside County Courtroom.
“That is how people know me, that is how people will always know me, and that is how I deserve to be known. My mom doesn’t deserve to be known as my victim. She deserved to be known as a great mom.”
Before handing down the sentence, Whiteside County Judge Trish Senneff said the case was one of the most “egregious and despicable” cases she can recall in her almost 37 years in law.
The callous disregard for the life of Peggy Schroeder, the adoptive mother of the defendant, is disgusting,” she said.
Schroeder will receive credit for 1,581 already served in juvenile detention and the Whiteside County Jail. She also will get day-for-day credit and must serve one year of mandatory supervised release once she completes her sentence, Senneff ordered.
Schroeder, who was charged as an adult, pleaded guilty in January 2020 to second-degree murder in her mother’s death. In exchange for her plea, Whiteside County State’s Attorney Terry Costello dismissed two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of arson and concealment of a homicidal death.
She was 15 when prosecutors say she shot her mother in the head in their Morrison home on July 6, 2017. Leading up to the shooting, Schroeder and her girlfriend, then 15-year-old Rachel Helm, sent multiple text messages about killing Peggy Schroeder so that they could be together.
After killing her mother, Schroeder called Helm and sent her a picture of her mother’s body when the teen said she didn’t believe she had killed her. Later that night, Helm’s mother dropped her off at Schroeder’s house and the two tried cleaning up the crime scene and planned to run away.
Two days later, Helm set fire to linen on Schroeder’s bed and a sheet covering Peggy Schroeder’s body.
Anna Schroeder was later located at her father’s home in Walnut.
Helm, now 19, is awaiting trial on charges of arson and concealment of a homicidal death. The case is still pending.
Peggy Schroeder’s sister, Charlene Wilkinson, spoke in court about the shock she felt when she found out what happened.
“Why would Anna ever intentionally kill Peggy?” she said. “Peggy loved you so much. She gave you all her time when you needed her.”
Costello recommended the maximum sentence, pointing to the brutality of the crime and the need to send a message to the community.
“This case cries out for a 20-year sentence,” he said
Defense attorney Jim Mertes argued for a 12-year sentence, citing her severe mental health challenges and the influence of Helm.
According to Mertes, she was a “perfectly horrible catalyst for a perfectly horrible storm.”
During her statement, Schroeder apologized to her family and Peggy Schroeder.
“I didn’t think about what I was doing,” she said. “I didn’t think about forever. I want to go back to when I was little, and I wish I could. I wish I could go back to where we were eating ice cream, and watching movies…I wish I could go back to when she was proud of me.”
In handing down the sentence, Senneff acknowledged that Helm “very much encouraged this act.”
“What it boils down to is this: There is no evidence that Anna Schroeder did not know the difference between right and wrong,” she said. No one forced her to commit this act. She thought of a plan to kill her mother and burn down her house to cover it up.
“She chose to act in this evil manner and then tried to get away with it.”
Schroeder will receive credit for 1,581 already served in juvenile detention and the Whiteside County Jail. She also will get day-for-day credit and must serve one year of mandatory supervised release once she completes her sentence, Senneff ordered