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UPDATE: Whalen arrested Thursday for felony escape

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UPDATE (8:45 p.m.) News 25 obtains copies of escape charges against Whalen.

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - Felony escape charges that landed a 1991 Bloomington murder suspect behind bars again allege he ventured out to various Central Illinois locations, violating conditions of electronic monitoring.

Bloomington Police said they arrested Donald J. Whalen Jr., 53, without incident about 4:15 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 900 block of N. Oak Street where he was living with his mother.

Whalen was convicted of fatally stabbing and beating his father at the elder Whalen's downtown Bloomington bar in 1991. A McLean County judge ordered a new trial last year suggesting new evidence might lead to a different outcome.

Whalen came up with $100,000 to be released on bond while awaiting a second trial. That trial has yet to be held.

However, prosecutors recently obtained a warrant for Whalen's arrest on nine felony escape counts for allegedly violating terms of his bond requiring he remain at home.

The charges list four separate days in February and April, the latest alleged offense happening this past Saturday, in which authorities said he traveled to several addresses in Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, and Champaign. Those locations correspond to a department store, a pawn shop, drug store, truck stop, a bank, furniture store, and two homes.

Whalen served almost 28 years of his 60 year sentence, and likely would have been released after serving about two more years because of good time credit.

Whalen was back in the McLean County Jail Thursday night, and he must post $20,000 cash to be released again. However, the state's attorney's office is expected to ask an appeals court to revoke Whalen's bond.

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