A panel of Prisoner Review Board members ruled Tuesday, June 12, that mass murderer Carl Reimann can be released back to the community as soon as he finds a place to live that's approved by the Department of Corrections, according to a victim's family member.
Reimann, 77, formerly of Sandwich, was released on probation on April 26, and after being moved twice due to concerns from officials about his location, was sent back to Dixon Correctional Center, where he had been serving his sentence, temporarily.
According to Prisoner Review Board officials, the process to determine Reimann's re-release was to include an interview with a board member followed by a vote by a number of board members.
The victim's family member wrote that the panel declared that Reimann was not in violation of the conditions of his parole when he was moved from his previous host sites and sent back to Dixon.
As a result of that finding, Reimann will be returned to the community upon approval of a host site by the Department of Corrections, according to the message forwarded by the victim's family member.
More information will be presented on this decision as it becomes available.
Reimann was convicted in 1973 of the slaying of David M. Gardner, Robert Loftus, Catherine Rekate, George Pashade, and John Wilson as part of an armed robbery at the Pine Village Steak House in Yorkville on Dec. 29, 1972. He was sentenced to between 50 and 150 years in prison per victim.