Man Charged with Killing Father Now Accused of Assaulting Jail Guard

Yashesh Desai was charged with aggravated battery following Sunday night's incident.

now faces charges of aggravated battery after authorities say he bit and punched a prison guard Sunday night.

Yashesh Desai, of 3 Plover Court, appeared in DuPage County court Friday.

Prosecutors say Desai resisted leaving his "feces-smeared cell" when it needed to be cleaned, punching and scratching a sheriff's sergeant, as well as biting the officer's finger hard enough to break it, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Desai did not enter a plea to the new charge, the Sun-Times reported, which carries a possible 5-year prison sentence.

During Friday's court hearing, Desai's arms and legs were shackled to a metal restraining chair and he was surrounded by a dozen DuPage County sheriff’s officers, the Sun-Times reported.

Desai was indicted Sept. 8 with five counts of first degree murder. Police say Desai killed his father, Sanjiv Desai, Aug. 14 by beating him in the head with a weed trimmer.

DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in August he had "reasonable belief" Desai would raise the defense of insanity or plead guilty and mentally ill to first-degree murder.

Berlin said Desai talked about Godzilla, X and Y chromosomes and "killing the retards" in statements to police. Those statements led authorities to file a motion for an appointment of a clinical psychologist.

Desai's psychological evaluation had not been completed as of Sept. 23, when his arraignment had been scheduled. That arraignment has been pushed back to Oct. 28 to wait for the results.

According to Facebook, Yashesh Desai graduated from Downers Grove North High School and studied chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

He was dismissed from the University of Illinois after he waved a knife at fellow students and was charged with aggravated assault, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Reports have said Desai and his father argued about money before the alleged killing. Patch has found that the family's home was in foreclosure, but no other financial issues were apparent in court records.

Just hours before police found Sanjiv Desai dead, a Facebook user registered as Yashesh Sanjiv Desai published dozens of comments on his page, including a list of weapons he said he needed and another post in which he said he'd "lost faith in humanity."

He posted close to 40 statuses in as many minutes between around 4:40 and 5:20 p.m.

 responded to the scene about 3:07 a.m. Aug. 14 after a person had called 911 stating that his brother had just killed their father, according to a release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Police found Sanjiv Desai lying on a futon in the computer room of his house, the release said.

"Desai was suffering from massive head wounds. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of the injuries he sustained," the release said.

Sanjiv Desai was allegedly sleeping on a futon in the computer room of his home when Yashesh Desai struck him multiple times in the head with a weed trimmer, the release said. That resulted in severe trauma to Sanjiv Desai’s head.

Wes Lorch October 08, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I knew him personally. He is insane.
Melissa Sersland October 09, 2011 at 06:03 PM
I'm the local editor for Woodridge Patch, an online news site which covers news for Woodridge, IL. Since my audience is those who live in Woodridge, indicating that every story took place in Woodridge, a southwest suburb of Chicago, would be incredibly redundant. However, for larger stories which may be read by those in other areas, it is a valid point that some detail should be given as to the location of Woodridge. Being indicted with five counts of first degree murder does not mean that Desai is charged with killing five people. It's five counts of murder of varying degrees.
Carol October 09, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Suzanna: I, unfortunately know what it's like to deal with someone who is schizophrenic first hand. The blatant ignorance of those who spew their misplaced hatred infuriate me.
Suzanna Klein October 09, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Your comments disgust me. I hope if you are ever selected for jury duty, there will be a box that says "Jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts" and you aren't selected. Lynn would mark the box that convicts based on postings from Facebook. For a few of your comments, I would like to respond directly. To the other comments that are simple spurts of the ignorance that plagues you, my condolences to those who deal with you on a regular basis. For the few of you who are addressing mental illness for what it is, your comments are appreciated, instead of spewing hatred. Mental illness is a sad fact that many people, and their families try to deal with. Unfortunatley, the wrong way of dealing with it, even temporarily, can end in tragedy. I am certain the guilt runs deep in the Desai household. If anyone could "fake" mental illness to this degree, he should be in Hollywood. Pretending to be insane for a day, could you really smear feces where you live and refuse to allow it to be cleaned up? I am most confused by why he (obviously) still isn't being treated. 1BrianWorkman1, are you really a US citizen, or from a country that condones behavior like you suggest? Best of luck to the Desai family and their friends in ignoring the continued nonsensical comment. Please remember that there are some people who haven't forgotten you, continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers, and realize that this is the most difficult time for you.
Wes Lorch October 14, 2011 at 09:52 PM
I was saying that in response to someone suggesting that Yashesh was "masterfully trying to make everyone think he's insane in order to get a lighter sentence with an insanity plea." I knew him well enough to know that that this could not be the case. I am sure you agree that he is not faking this.


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