DECATUR – Lanay D. Walls, a former employee of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, was convicted Tuesday by a jury of criminal trespass to a residence for entering the home of a woman who is planning to testify against her son in an attempted murder case.
Walls, 57, will be sentenced at a hearing scheduled for May 1. The sentencing guidelines for the Class 4 felony are one to three years in prison or probation.
The jury deliberated for less than one hour before returning the verdict in the courtroom of Associate Macon County Judge Phoebe Bowers.
Walls was arrested after she allegedly entered the eastside home of a woman on May 5 and stayed inside when the woman ordered her to leave. Walls told the woman “I'm here because I'm going to take your kids” and “You deserve to die,” according to a police affidavit.
Walls was a DCFS case worker at that time. She is no longer employed by the state child welfare agency.
The victim told police she believed Walls was at her home as a “tactic to try and persuade her not to testify” against her son, Nirin Walls, the affidavit said.
Assistant State's Attorney Caleb Brown was the prosecutor in the Lanay Walls case. Gary Geisler represented the defendant.
Nirin Walls, 33, is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and possession of weapons by a felon for allegedly shooting at the woman July 1, 2015, as she was a passenger in a vehicle, along with her 5-year-old son, while the vehicle backed out from the driveway in front of her home.
Nirin Walls was on parole at the time for a 2012 conviction of aggravated battery. He is currently in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a conviction of aggravated DUI in a 2015 case.
Nirin Walls is due in court April 24 for a jury trial in his attempted murder case.