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Alleged Izzy's bar shooter's criminal case still pending in court

Attorney continues to investigate suspect’s mental health

JOLIET – A Crest Hill man who allegedly shot and killed a bartender at Izzy’s and wounded another man not only faces a criminal case but three lawsuits.

Since Patrick Gleason, 56, has been arrested in connection with the shooting March 9, 2018, at the bar on Theodore Street, he has been sued by two victims and appointed a guardian to handle his estate. He has been held at the Will County jail on a $10 million bond since March 11, 2018.

Gleason has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm for allegedly killing bartender Daniel Rios III, 52, and wounding Thomas Izquierdo, the son of Izzy’s owner Alfonso Izquierdo. Thomas Izquierdo was shot while trying to subdue Gleason after he shot Rios, police said.

Gleason’s criminal case has yet to go to trial. One of his attorneys, Neil Patel, said he is conducting investigations of his client’s mental health status. He said Gleason has been found to be fit to stand for trial. He said the trial strategy for Gleason still is being developed.

“Right now, we need to finish our investigations,” Patel said.

Gleason has been sued by Thomas Izquierdo, Rios’ family and the Illinois Casualty Company. A Will County judge allowed for the three lawsuits to be consolidated into one court case for discovery and trial purposes.

Attorney Colleen Wengler also appointed as the plenary limited guardian of Gleason’s estate after he was found to be a disabled adult. Gleason’s attorney, Mark Huske, who is representing him in the civil cases, said Wengler initially was appointed as his client’s temporary guardian in his criminal case to handle his health care and financial needs.

Wengler failed to return a call Tuesday.

On Jan. 29, a Will County judge granted Wengler’s petition to sell Gleason’s home on Dearborn Street for $180,000 because it was “significantly draining” limited assets of his estate, according to court records.

Thomas Izquierdo’s attorney, Frank Cservenyak, said if a court decision is made in his client’s favor, he plans to recover any assets sold from Gleason’s estate so they can be awarded to the victims and their families.

“I think that would be appropriate,” Cservenyak said.

Cservenyak said that “there was no question” Gleason fatally shot Rios and wounded Thomas Izquierdo, as the incident was captured on video.

Thomas Izquierdo’s lawsuit alleged that Izzy’s internal security camera footage captured Gleason adjusting his mask, securing his firearm and planning to open fire. The footage depicts Gleason entering the bar and opening fire on the bar’s patrons and employees, the lawsuit said.

Thomas Izquierdo’s lawsuit accused Gleason of shooting him without cause or provocation, which resulted in him suffering severe and permanent injuries. His mother, Rosie, said in March that her son suffered damage to his lungs, diaphragm and liver, and still had tubes draining blood from his lungs. Doctors were unable to remove the bullet from his body.

Gleason was hospitalized after the shooting and before he was taken to the Will County jail. His booking photo on the day of he was jailed shows his face heavily bruised. A police source said Gleason’s jaw was broken and teeth were knocked out when he was subdued after Rios died.

On Feb. 15, Alec D. Pena-Rios, the independent administrator of Rios’ estate, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Gleason.

Pena-Rios and Carolina Rios-Lopez are Rios’ next of kin, according to the lawsuit.

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