By Steve Schmadeke
1:38 PM CDT, June 28, 2013
A 53-year-old Chicago man who broke into former White Sox general manager Ken Williams’ home and left the place a mess in 2011 was found not guilty by reason of insanity today by a Cook County judge.
Williams, who testified at today’s hearing, returned to his home in November 2011 to find beer bottles scattered in his kitchen, an empty pizza box in the trash and an upstairs toilet unflushed. Authorities said that Wayne Field III slept in Williams’ bed, watched pornography on his computer, defrosted a lobster tail and stole his World Series ring.
When Field’s lawyer, Erica Soderdahl, asked how Williams knew a relative hadn’t paid him a surprise visit, he responded that his relatives knew he liked his house kept clean and wouldn’t have left it a mess.
“We would’ve had a little bit of a problem because they know how I am,” he testified Williams, dressed in a blue pin-striped suit. Williams, who is now a White Sox executive vice president, was on a trip to Milwaukee when Field broke into the town home near Grant Park. A door to the home may have been unlocked, according to testimony.
Field later told a psychologist that when the door opened he viewed it as a sign he was allowed to live there.
Judge Joseph G. Kazmierski, Jr., who had previously found Field unfit to stand trial, ordered that he undergo an evaluation on further mental treatment at a secure inpatient mental health center.
Williams said he moved out of the town home after the break-in.
“I just want to forget about it,” he told a Tribune reporter as he walked to an elevator after his testimony.
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