65 years in prison for Crystal Lake man who killed girlfriend and her 15-year-old sister
Ryan C. Yarber, 34, of Crystal Lake.
A Crystal Lake man was sentenced to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing his wife and 15-year-old sister-in-law in 2017 in what he called self-defense.
Ryan C. Yarber, 34, of block 100 off Marian Parkway in Crystal Lake, has been charged with 25 cases of first degree murder, major discharge from a gun, two cases of heavy household battery, and two cases of endangering the life or health of a child .
Yarber originally pleaded not guilty on all charges but accepted a plea deal from the McHenry County Attorney’s Office on Friday.
As part of the deal, Yarber pleaded guilty to downgrading the charges of second degree murder and reckless discharge of a firearm.
The Crystal Lake Police Department received an 911 call from Yarber at around 8:02 p.m. on August 3, 2017, desperately reporting that his wife had grabbed his throat and his sister-in-law had grabbed a butcher’s knife.
Yarber also told 911 dispatchers that he had locked himself in his room and when he opened the door and came down the hall, his sister-in-law had a “huge” butcher’s knife and was trying to stab him. He said he then shot the girl.
The dispatchers also received a 911 call from a neighbor who heard loud screaming and saw a man with a gun who had indicated that his wife was walking towards him with a butcher’s knife.
The officers replied to the house on 100 block of Marian Parkway in Crystal Lake and found Yarber’s wife, Allania S. Yarber, lying on her back with blood under her head.
The officers also located Allania Yarber’s 15-year-old sister Anniyah Reynolds in a sitting position with her body leaning against a chair. Reynolds had a 9-inch knife that was only inches from her right hand, prosecutors said.
Yarber, who was standing on the sidewalk, was arrested by police who found a 9mm pistol in the driveway.
Paramedics declared both Allania Yarber, 31, and Reynolds dead at the scene.
McHenry County Prosecutor’s Office said in a court document that detectives interviewed Yarber, and he described recent marital unrest after discovering his wife, Allania, had spoken to a male colleague.
Yarber was outside of her home with Allania in a vehicle who argued 15 minutes before he called the police.
The couple went to their home and the argument escalated when Allania Yarber became “extremely angry” after Yarber had argued with her in front of her 15-year-old sister.
Yarber said his wife grabbed him and choked him with both hands. Then he grabbed Allania Yarber and said: “No, no, that doesn’t happen. You won’t choke me, what do we do “
Prosecutors said Yarber pushed Allania into the kitchen cupboard and then Reynolds, who witnessed the altercation, came into the kitchen and yelled at Yarber and threatened to kill him.
When officials later searched the residence, they observed a broken cabinet. They did not notice any injuries, bruises, scratches or other marks on Yarber’s neck.
Yarber turned and ran from the kitchen to his bedroom, where he locked the door. Yarber told detectives that he heard Reynolds scream, “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you.”
Prosecutors said Yarber didn’t call 911 and instead loaded ammunition into his 9mm pistol, which was in a bedside table.
Yarber put the gun behind his back and opened the door with the intention of leaving the residence, he told the detectives, adding that his wife tried to prevent him from leaving.
Yarber said Allania Yarber then called Reynolds’ name and the teenage girl came running towards him with a knife when he started shooting.
Autopsies showed Allania Yarber had been shot five times and Reynolds three times.
Analysis of the bullet’s trajectory revealed that Yarber shot Reynolds while she was sitting on the ground. The gunshot wound in her face was found to have been fired from 6 to 18 inches away.
A McHenry County judge sentenced Yarber to 65 years in prison at the Illinois Department of Justice on Friday after his accepted pleading.