Pair charged in separate death crimes

  • Written by Jeff Vorva and Bob Rakow

An Evergreen Park man with the tattoo that saysPage-3-Magnan-Richard-BlurredRichard L. Magnan “F--- the World” has been charged with murder while a Hickory Hills man has been charged in connection with a July 1 fatal automobile collision that claimed the life of an elderly priest.
Chicago police said that Richard L. Magnan, 352600 block of W. 90th Place in Evergreen Park. Was charged with one count of first degree murder after he allegedly fatally shot a 30-year-old male at 1 a.m. Saturday in the 6200 block of South Austin Avenue in Chicago.
The alleged victim, whom news reports identified as 30-year-old Joel Bentley of Chicago, was transported to Christ Hospital in critical condition where he later was pronounced dead. Magnan was charged accordingly by the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office. We was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Magnan has several tattoos on his face and head including one that says “F--- the World” on his forehead and “gangster” on his upper lip to go with a cross and a couple of Major League Baseball logos, including the White Sox.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Raspanti, 42, was charged with two counts of aggravated drunken driving in connection with the crash that occurred shortly before 7 p.m. July 1 in the 8200 block of State Road in Burbank according to Burbankpage-3-1-col-Screen-Shot-2014-07-08-at-4.40.03-PMNicholas Raspanti police reports.
Raspanti appeared at the Bridgeview Courthouse where he was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Police said Raspanti was driving a white Nissan northeast bound on State Road when he traveled into the southwest bound lane and struck a gray Ford head on.
The two persons in the Ford had to be extricated by firefighters. They were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment as was Raspanti.
One of the passengers, the Rev. Jozef Brzek, 77, of Chicago, died from his injuries on Sunday.
A memorial website identified Brzek as the pastor of Divine Word Polish National Catholic Church for more than 25 years.
Funeral services for the Rev. Brzek were held Wednesday at Divine Word Parish, located in Chicago’s West Elsdon neighborhood.