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BPD Arrests Donald Whalen On Escape Charges From Home Detention

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Bloomington Police arrested Donald Whalen Jr. on Thursday on charges tied to home detention.

Donald Whalen Jr., who served 28 years in prison for his father’s fatal stabbing, is back behind bars for allegedly violating the rules of his home detention program.
Bloomington Police said the department arrested the 53-year-old Whalen without incident at his home in the 900 block of N. Oak St. at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

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Donald Whalen Jr. is being held in the McLean County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Police said they served a warrant for nine felony counts of escape, failure to comply with a condition of the electronic monitoring or home detention program.

Whalen was booked at the McLean County jail on a $200,000 bond.

Whalen was released from custody in March 2019 after McLean County judge Scott Drazewski granted him a new trialfor the 1991 killing of William Whalen at his father's downtown Bloomington bar.

In March, the Fourth District Appellate Courtreversed the ruling and sent the matter back to McLean County.

Whalen served 28 of the minimum 30 years he was required to serve as part of a 60-year sentence.

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