Seriously?!: Man Behind Bars Collects 'Killer' Pension
Should a convicted killer be allowed to collect pension? Whether you answer yes or no to the posed question, it’s the reality for the daughter of former Illinois firefighter Eugene Ornstead, a man convicted in 1994 for beating his wife to death.
Ornstead's daughter, Kristyn McClearn, serves as his executor and has been collecting the $855,000 pension since her father's conviction.
“What he did [he is] serving time for…Is it right that he gets his pension? Yes,” McClearn said.
The victim's son, Richard Trevino, feels otherwise.
“For someone else, from what I understand, to be collecting that money and using it to live a better life than most people do, I feel that’s just wrong. In a way [...] the passing of my mother was like a lottery ticket to some people.”
Under Illinois law, Ornstead’s annuity and benefit fund providers have no choice but to continue to pay.
Ornstead will not be eligible for parole until he is 100 years old.