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Man Gets 6-Year Prison Term for Savage Bat Attack on Mom

Although the attack nearly killed Kathleen Conrad, she and her husband asked for leniency for their son, who pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic battery.

Joseph Conrad. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Joseph Conrad. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
A former Plainfield student who nearly killed his mother with a baseball bat because she and his father took away his cell phone and car keys as a punishment was sentenced to six years in prison Monday.

Joseph P. Conrad, now 22, was charged with attempted murder after he savagely beat his mother on the morning of Dec. 5, 2011, and then spent the day running errands before returning to their 2317 Hastings Drive home, located near Caton Farm and County Line roads, to stage the attack scene to look like a house break-in.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the charge against Conrad was reduced to aggravated domestic battery, according to a story in the Joliet Herald-News.

The plea deal had the blessing of Conrad's mother, Kathleen, who told Will County Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes that while she supported leniency for her son, she would also not allow him to live in her home again once he is released from prison, the story said.

While she's recovered from her injuries, she remains "very emotional" in the wake of the attack, the story said.

Conrad, speaking on his own behalf, told the judge that attacking his mother, who was then 43, was the "the worst decision I've ever made in my entire life," the Herald-News story said.

Conrad's attack was provoked because his parents had decided to punish him after he failed to clean up the bathroom after shaving, according to police reports. The couple woke him in the morning to inform him of their decision, and then his father went to work and his mother took a shower, reports said.

Conrad, a 2009 Plainfield South High School graduate, was waiting with an aluminum baseball bat for his mother to come downstairs, where he attacked her and left her for dead. He then took a shower, wiped the bat clean with tissue and ran several errands, including going to the dentist and filling his car with gas, the Herald-News story said.

When he came home several hours later, he smashed a window with the bat and then call 911 to report a home invasion.

Joliet police arrested Conrad after noting several inconsistencies in his story and eventually admitted to attacking his mother. He has been held in the Will County jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

Ricky Ortiz January 27, 2014 at 09:52 PM
Who is going to bond this piece of crap out?!
Kathleen Polkow January 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM
He deserves much more than 6 years in jail! That's a slap on the wrist for a horrendous crime! Unforgivable!
Randy Wayne January 28, 2014 at 07:52 AM
"Conrad's attack was provoked because his parents had decided to punish him after he failed to clean up the bathroom after shaving..." "...took away his cell phone and car keys as a punishment..." Hmmmm... Seems like maybe over-reacting might run n the family.
joe January 28, 2014 at 09:01 AM
We'll read about this very angry guy in a few years when he kills his parents or shoots up a mall full of people. All the signs are there but will be ignored. Mommy ignored the signs of the Newtown shooter, she taught him how to shoot, and then had a house full of firearms. Her award was she was shot dead first. Thank you "Your Honor" as he will be paroled in 2 yrs in our over crowed prison system, and then let the fun begin.
Droncz87 January 28, 2014 at 09:06 AM
By all accounts though this kid was what 19 or 20? Why would they take away his cell phone and keys?
Droncz87 January 28, 2014 at 09:07 AM
to add to that, it doesn't make it right but when I was 19 I had bought my own car and paid for my cell phone by that point because I had a job. I was still under my folks roof and abided by their rules. But they wouldn't control little things.
Meghan Courtright January 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Droncz87, I think you are focusing on the wrong things. And maybe his parents paid for the car and cellphone? Also, it's quite possible not cleaning the bathroom was just the last thing in a long list of obligations he shirked. Certainly no reason to beat your mother to near death.
Droncz87 January 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM
No I know that. My argument...even if it is a poor argument is that his parents most likely coddled him? Never told him "No"
Meghan Courtright January 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Droncz87, you could very well be right. They may have tried to be strict too late. Still quite a drastic reaction. I can't imagine behaving that way. Makes me sick to think about it.
Gina Piunti Boyd January 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM
I do not usually leave comments but this story made my stomach do flips.
Fernando January 28, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Anyone who came in contact with this kid is in danger. He's bound to blame (and hurt) someone for everything that goes wrong in his life. Definitely, this kid will be in the news again for something horrific-feel bad for the mom-best thing that could happen to this kid is his attitude meets jail house violence.
Kaitlin Fallon January 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM
My daughter attended Plainfield South her freshman year before I transferred her to North, she recalls going to school with this boy. She said he was always being bullied by the other students. I could see how his bullying through high school could build up within.

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