Deerfield's Matt Jaeger convicted in brutal beating of college girlfriend
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Saint Paul, MN
#1 Aug 14, 2009
Matthew Jaeger, a 24-year-old suburban Chicago man and former University of Kansas student, was taken in handcuffs from the courtroom to Douglas County Jail after the verdict. Jaeger is the son of Jerry Jaeger, Chicago real estate developer. His sentencing is set for Sept. 25 and he faces at least four years in a Kansas prison.
The jury began its deliberations Monday afternoon, and by 2:30 p.m. Thursday returned a guilty verdict on three charges: kidnapping, aggravated battery and making a criminal threat against a man who was with the victim in her apartment on the night of the incident.Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on a charge of aggravated burglary. Prosecutors could seek another trial on that count, but it’s unlikely because the jury convicted him of the two most severe charges he faced.
As prosecutors presented seven days worth of evidence in the trial, they built a case accusing Jaeger of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s northern Lawrence apartment. They said he chased away and threatened Dylan Jones, the man she was with. The victim testified that Jaeger then choked her unconscious, and she said she awoke later with extensive injuries to her external vaginal area.
Prosecutors said Jaeger punched or kicked her in the pelvic region and dragged her from her apartment into a car driven by his friend, Evan Carroll. Police later stopped the car and the men said they were trying to take her to the hospital
Defense attorneys Irigonegaray and Michael Saken had worked to convince the jury that Jaeger was worried about his former girlfriend’s safety that night. His attorneys said he found her injured and tried to help her after she fell onto a bed railing in her bedroom.
Carroll testified that he and Jaeger had gone to a strip club in Lawrence that night for four hours and had consumed more than 10 shots each, and then Jaeger left threatening messages on the victim's phone as they drove to her apartment. The message, which was played for jurors, Jaeger said
“(Expletive), I’m pissed,” Jaeger can be heard saying.“Don’t ever not pick up my phone calls … let’s go, you and me, right now"
Carroll remained in the car and testified that he witnessed Jaeger break the window of the victim's apartment and then he heard a loud argument.
Carroll denied that the men kidnapped the woman, which is contrary to what two witnesses said they saw at the apartment complex. Katelyn Hall and her boyfriend, Troy Gower, have testified that they saw two men pulling a woman down the stairs by her arms and her hair before forcing her into a car and speeding off.
Also Thursday, jurors viewed a taped interview with the victim taken from her hospital bed in the days after the incident.In the tape, the woman tells police that Jaeger choked her until she passed out and that when she regained consciousness, she was bleeding profusely from her vagina.
“I don’t recognize myself down where he hurt me,” the woman said on the video.“It’s a part of myself I can no longer recognize. It doesn’t look like me. It looks like it’s been mutated and deformed.”
The doctor who examined the victim said the woman suffered a blood clot near her pubic bone and two hairline lacerations on the external part of her vagina. She had to be hospitalized for 11 days.
“As far as for a nonpregnant woman, I’ve never seen anything as extensive as this type of injury,” said Dr. Kathy Gaumer, a Lawrence gynecologist.
#2 Dec 4, 2009
I don't believe he did it! She's probably making all this stuff up because he left her and now she's mad cause she doesn,t have a REAL MAN with some loot. It's all about that "cheddar" for her!
#3 Dec 20, 2009
This guy needs to be put away for a long time. What a sick human being!
#4 Jan 12, 2010
You are the reason why things like this happen you useless waste of life. You deserve to have your groin beatin in so serverly you need to learn to walk all over again. Shame on you. What the F were you thinking. I hope you die. Too many sh*t heads like you making life harder for good people out there. And by the way I knew that sick f*ck. He was the one who cared about money, fighting, and himself. She was a great girl, and way out of his league. Now go F-k yourself.
#5 Jan 22, 2016
Your sons going to come home soon and he's probably going to f*ck some other b*tch up and go away to prison for the rest of his life because he's a sick f*ck just like his dad and a waste of f*cking life you piece of sh*t I hope he dies
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