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Sheriff IDs Byron man who police say stabbed his wife

48-year-old Dixon prison supervisor then died in car crash

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 1:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 9:44 p.m. CDT

BYRON – A 48-year-old Byron man who police say stabbed his wife Thursday then died in a car accident while fleeing was a public service administrator with the Illinois Department of Corrections, working at Dixon Correctional Center, online records show.

According to several news releases, Ogle County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at a home at 8438 Winnebago Lane in rural Byron.

When they arrived, Michael J. Gorman had fled.

Just before 6 p.m., Gorman was involved in a single-vehicle accident on state Route 26 north of Florence Road in Stephenson County, and was thrown from the vehicle. He was taken to Freeport Memorial Hospital, then airlifted to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Gorman died of blunt force trauma to the head, his autopsy showed.

Jodi L. Gorman, 45, was taken to a Rockford hospital with life-threatening stab wounds; she was in serious condition Friday, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said in a release.

Calls for further details were not returned.

According to Ogle County Court records, Maj. Michael Gorman filed for divorce in 2014, but the two remained living in the home, separately.

They have been in mediation, negotiating ownership of the home, custody of the two children, ages 14 and 11, fees and other issues since.

In the past several months, the situation appears to have become more contentious.

In several motions filed since June, Gorman asked the court to compel his wife, who works at Curves in Byron, to search for a better job and to undergo drug testing.

In his last motion, filed Dec. 19, he requested "exclusive possession" of the house for him and for the children, and asked the court to require she "immediately vacate" the home.

A hearing on the motions, set for Feb. 8, was continued as a status hearing, which was to have been held Thursday.

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