54-month sentence for man accused of trying to kill girlfriend with Tylenol

Shane Limbacher | CPD

A River North man who faced attempted murder charges after prosecutors said he tried to kill his girlfriend by forcing her to consume a large amount of Tylenol has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

According to court records, Shane Limbacher, 47, agreed to plead guilty to one count of aggravated domestic battery by strangling in exchange for a 54-month sentence. In turn, prosecutors dropped two attempted murder counts along with multiple kidnapping and aggravated battery charges.  

Limbacher was accused of grabbing the woman by her throat, tying her to a chair in his downtown apartment, cutting her hair with a knife, and telling her he was going to kill her before he “poured a handful of Tylenol down her throat” in April 2017.

The woman later told investigators that Limbacher may have shoved over 70 pills down her throat, according to court records.

When Limbacher’s attorney tried to secure a reduced bail during the case’s pendency, prosecutors revealed that police arrested Limbacher at O’Hare as he boarded a plane to Kyiv, Ukraine, with a TLC film crew at his side. Deemed a flight risk by the judge, his bail reduction efforts failed.

After receiving the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit for time spent in jail while awaiting trial, Limbacher is scheduled to be released from prison on February 24.

Judge Angela Munari Petrone oversaw the case and approved the plea deal.

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