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Attorney says accused Izzy’s killer’s fitness for trial in doubt

Crest Hill man charged with walking into Izzy’s, shooting bartender

Patrick Gleason
Patrick Gleason

The attorney for a Crest Hill man accused of killing a bartender and wounding another man during the ensuing struggle for his gun filed court papers questioning his client’s fitness to stand trial.

Patrick Gleason, 55, has been in jail since
March 11, two days after Izzy’s, 507 Theodore St., Joliet, bartender Daniel Rios III, 52, was shot to death and Thomas Izquierdo, the 26-year-old son of Izzy’s owner Alfonso Izquierdo, was grievously wounded.

Thomas Izquierdo was shot while subduing Gleason after the fatal gun attack on Rios, police said.

Gleason was hospitalized after the shooting and before he was taken to the Will County jail. A police source said Gleason’s jaw was broken and teeth were knocked out when he was subdued after Rios was killed.

Gleason’s attorney, Chuck Bretz, filed a motion for a fitness evaluation that claims “there is a bona fide doubt as to [Gleason’s] fitness to stand trial.”

The motion said this bona fide doubt surfaced while Bretz and an investigator in his employment spoke with Gleason and Gleason’s “neighbors and family members.”

Bretz declined to reveal what Gleason and Gleason’s neighbors and family members said that makes him believe his client might be unfit to stand trial.

“I really can’t discuss that,” Bretz said.

Bretz has requested that a qualified expert examine Gleason and determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

A guardian has been appointed for Gleason, as well. The emergency petition for the appointment of a guardian said Gleason “is currently unable to make responsible decisions regarding his health care and finances” and “unable to retain counsel to defend him.”

The motion also said Gleason “has a residence that is not secure and that has been broken into during his incarceration. His home needs to be secured, and the expenses relative to maintaining his home must be paid during the time of his incarceration.”

On the night Rios was killed and Thomas Izquierdo was wounded, Gleason had been kicked out of Izzy’s, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.

Gleason returned wearing a ski mask and armed with a gun, the source said, and he opened fire on Rios.

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