A woman whose ex-husband was convicted of trying to kill her now claims that he is at it again from behind bars.
Carolyn Mahoney has filed a suit charging that her ex-husband, Billy Cox, solicited fellow inmates at Dixon Correctional Center to murder her, and at least one inmate agreed.
The suit states that members of the Illinois Department of Corrections informed Mahoney of the plot, though the suit offers no other evidence to support the allegations.
Cox, 70, was convicted of attempted murder and aggravated domestic abuse after a jury trial in 2007 and is serving a 20-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors alleged that Cox bludgeoned his wife in the face while she was sleeping, and locked her inside their garage with the car engines running at their mansion in Bull Valley.
Cox was the founder of Exacto Inc., former based in far north suburban Richmond, and his wife was active in the Woodstock Fine Arts Association and the Bull Valley Garden Club.
Mahoney, 69, seeks compensatory damages for the cost of installing security alarms and cameras at her home, and for emotional distress due to lost sleep, shaking, sobbing and fear, and because she “lost a general feeling of personal security while in public.”
She since has spoken publicly against domestic violence, and was pictured previously in a campaign flier in support of McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi, whose office prosecuted the case.
Besides Cox, also named as a co-defendant is his attorney, R. Mark Gummerson, who the suit states controls Cox’s finances, and therefore Cox “either has or will” require his cooperation to pay the killer.
Cox and Gummerson were not immediately available for comment. Mahoney declined to comment through her husband, Dennis Mahoney. An Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman said the agency would not comment on the lawsuit since it’s not a party to it, but confirmed officials had advised Mahoney “of an investigation involving inmate Cox.”