A homeless man who prosecutors claim broke into the home of White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams, then drank beer, ate pizza and defrosted a lobster was found “unfit” to stand trial on Thursday.
Wayne L. Field III had on Williams’ clothing – including a fur and World Series ring – and was peeking through the window of the GM’s home on Nov. 21, 2011, when an officer helping with a burglary investigation approached, according to a police report.
When the officer asked his name, the 51-year-old replied, “Wayne Field III,” police said. That matched the name on a hospital bracelet found after an earlier break-in at the townhome on Benton Place, prosecutors said at Field’s bond hearing.
Field was charged with burglary on Nov. 22 and pleaded not guilty in December.
In court Thursday, Judge Joseph Kazmierski ruled Field unfit to stand trial, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin. The finding means the judge does not believe Field is mentally fit to understand what is going on in court,
Field, who lived in a homeless shelter in an Uptown church, has been held in the Cook County Jail on $100,000 bond since Nov. 23. He will likely be transferred to a mental facility to receive treatment, Conklin said.
A status hearing on the case is set for June 28. At that time, doctors will report on his mental fitness. When deemed mentally fit, he will face trial, Conklin said.
When arrested, Field also had Williams’ Cadillac keys and balcony keys, the police report said, and he was wearing Williams’ watch, shirt, jeans and sweatshirt.
Williams, who was out of town when the break-in occurred, said the burglar drank his beer, ate frozen pizza, surfed the Internet, kicked his shoes off on the bed, and even defrosted a lobster.
Field was previously sentenced to 30 days in jail for a 2011 misdemeanor battery conviction, and has also been arrested for assault, indecent exposure and sexual abuse, according to court records.