Charles Best Gets Sweetheart Deal From Prosecutors

Charles Best gets sweetheart deal from prosecutors
Charles Best gets sweetheart deal from prosecutors

Charles Best can laugh all the way to his next probation hearing as he walks away from any real jail time for helping his wife, Sherry Best, conceal his sister-in-laws, Melissa Best, death back in April. Here’s a guy who comes home from work, finds his wife drugged up, his sister-in-law in a coma from a drug overdose, attempts unsuccessful CPR, doesn’t call 911, instead helps carry the lifeless body to her van, transports the body to a Grayslake condo parking lot, abandons it like garbage for over a week in the April heat, stops on the way back home with his wife for a snack, ends the night drugging with his spouse, continues going to work alongside his brother, Clint Best, who is desperately looking for his wife, Melissa, and NEVER says a word.

What does he end up getting from the court system? After negotiations Charles Best winds up with ONLY two years probation, a $500 fine, and 150 hours of public service. WHY did the prosecution have to do any negotiating with this piece of crap?

Melissa Best
Melissa Best

Melissa's husband & Charles' brother, Clint Best
Melissa's husband & Charles' brother, Clint Best

About the only thing he has to offer by agreeing to testify against his wife is whatever she told him when it comes to who administered the deadly heroin drug. That will amount to nothing more than hearsay since Charles was not there at the time. What else can he offer by his plea deal? I’m sure the police had plenty of evidence that DIDN’T require cutting any deal that ultimately led to such a miscarriage of justice and this sweetheart deal.

I would be interested in your opinion of this sweetheart deal that Charles Best’s attorney, John Murphy, and Ass’t State’s Attorney, Matthew Demartini negotiated and presented, along with a guilty plea, to Judge George Bridges. In the meantime, Judge George Bridges will remain on my radar screen when his retention bid comes up since he was the one person who could have REJECTED this plea deal.

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  • Donna Neargarder

    I am thoroughly disgusted by this miscarriage of justice. My daughter is close friends with Melissa’s children; Melissa’s children and husband are suffering horribly as a result of Charles and Sherry’s despicable actions and disregard for anyone but themselves. I just can not believe that the consequences Charles has been handed are even less than the consequences for lesser charges – he should be spending the rest of his natural born life behind bars, as should his wife. I will be remembering the judge’s decision to let this poor excuse for a human being walk away from killing his sister in law (or concealing her death, if we want to get technical) with barely even a slap on the wrist – Judge Bridges, it’s time to leave the bench and take yourself out of the criminal justice field – this is not justice, it is a travesty.

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