(AP) — A former Chicago firefighter who was convicted in the 1994 slaying of his wife has been getting more than $55,000 a year in pension payments from behind bars.
That’s according to WFLD-TV, which reports there’s nothing illegal about the money that Eugene Ornstead has collected.
Now 76 and in a medium-security Wisconsin prison, Ornstead gets a monthly check from the Chicago firefighter’s pension fund for about $4,600. All told, the report says he’s collected more than $840,000 since he applied for the money in a handwritten note days after his wife’s death.
A pension expert interviewed by the station says the payments may raise eyebrows, but they’re entirely legal under Illinois law.
Ornstead’s daughter from a previous marriage cashes the checks and says her father deserves his pension.