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.

Jack Steen October 07, 2011 at 10:31 PM
What a curious post. I believe Baptist cracker trash probably infected this guy's brain via some crap he heard Pat Robertson preach on the 700 Club.
Julie Dunn October 07, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Prosecutors say Desai resisted leaving his "feces-smeared cell." So hose down the cell with bleach and water while he is in it. It won't hurt him; people swim in chlorinated water. Then maybe next time he will do what he is told to do.
Mary knoy October 08, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Geez, to kill his own father. what a kid.
Dean Peters October 08, 2011 at 03:03 AM
WORX for him....
Jim October 08, 2011 at 04:51 AM
Mental illness is a terrible thing. it hits young men in late teens and early twenties. We need more forceful treatment to avoid these terrible crimes. With early treatment these men can get well and this senseless violence can be avoided.
Tom H October 08, 2011 at 06:54 AM
Whatever happened to good journalism? Did it die with Cronkite, Huntley, and Brinkley? Where the heck is DuPage County? I think Ms. Tussing needs to back to school.
William Munson October 08, 2011 at 07:37 AM
And to go along with Tom H.'s view on good journalism, I think part of good journalism is providing accurate information. In the 6th segment down, the article states that on Sept. 8th, he was indicted on 5 counts of first degree murder. I wanna know who the other 4 people are the he murdered? I want the guy behind bars as much as the next person, but I don't think he should get the death penalty either LOL. I can't tell you how many type "O"s i find in articles these days and misinformation. I wish folks would use their spell checkers and fact finding tools regularly.
William Munson October 08, 2011 at 07:47 AM
i apologize. I am new to this patch program and I didn't realize I was responding straight to you.
Bill October 08, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Fortunately, IL abolished "not guilty by reason of insanity" several years ago. They replaced it with "guilty but mentally ill". This means that he gets packed off to the happy home like before but when he's deemed 'cured', he goes to prison, not the street.
Bill October 08, 2011 at 03:45 PM
DuPage county is just west of Chicago.
CeeDee October 08, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I agree Tom. Had to take a little time to figure out just where this guy lives.
JoAnna October 08, 2011 at 04:44 PM
I like the way you think. :o)
Carol October 08, 2011 at 06:40 PM
You cannot force someone into treatment until and unless they do commit a crime. While it sounds like a great idea, it would open the door to forced treatment of non mentally ill people, or those who chose not to be treated. Also, severely mentally ill people do not get "well", they are "controlled" by medications, which have side effects that many do not want to deal with. A simplistic approach doesn't work. Even with medication a stress related decompensation can and does happen and this can be the result.
Carol October 08, 2011 at 06:47 PM
It is exactly comments and viewpoints like this that stop many mentally ill and their families from seeking proper treatment. 1% of the population suffers from schizophrenia. "Just kill them" sentiment makes one worse than the offender.
Wes Lorch October 08, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I knew him personally. He is insane.
Melissa Sersland (Editor) 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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