- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A retired Chicago police officer accused of threatening authorities investigating the death of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Prosecutors say a Lake County judge accepted a plea agreement Thursday under which 54-year-old Joseph Battaglia of Oak Lawn was sentenced to 12 months supervision. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Mkc8Ap ) prosecutors dropped a charge of harassment by telephone.

Battaglia is accused of calling the Lake County Coroner’s Office and threatening to hurt investigators if they didn’t declare Gliniewicz’s Sept. 1 death a suicide. At the time, days into the investigation, authorities said they believed it was a homicide.

The agreement also calls for Battaglia to have no contact with the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force and employees of the Coroner’s Office.

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Information from: Daily Herald, https://www.dailyherald.com


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