Ex-NU educator gets 53 years for ‘heartless’ killing of beau in River North apartment suite


Previous Northwestern University teacher Wyndham Lathem got what is viably a lifelong incarceration Tuesday for the fierce killing of his beau at his River North apartment suite.

Cook County Judge Charles Burns called the killing of Trenton Cornell unfeeling, determined and an execution as he condemned Lathem to 53 years in jail.

Lathem, 47, would be 100 when he’s delivered.

Lathem confronted a sentence of 20-60 years, and the appointed authority said he accepted a sentence on the outrageous end was justified.

An eminent microbiologist who concentrated on bubonic plague, Lathem had “treated his lab creatures better than he treated Cornell, Burns said.

  • To butcher an individual, Trenton Cornell, the way that he passed on, to satisfy an odd, standoffish, distorted dream, in light of whatever feeling of the truth, is absolutely outside my ability to grasp, the adjudicator added.
  • Cornell, 26, was tracked down wounded in excess of multiple times on July 27, 2017 inside a room at Lathem’s extravagance loft.
  • After the homicide, Lathem headed to the Howard Brown Health Center and a library in Lake Geneva to give cash in Cornell’s name before he and Warren went on the run, in the long run winding up in California, where both gave up to specialists.

Warren conceded to the homicide in 2019 and affirmed against Lathem at his preliminary in October.

Warren said the underlying arrangement had been for the two men to kill each other as a component of a self destruction agreement.

Lathem planned to cut me open and lethally twisted me, Warren said at preliminary, adding he was then expected to shoot Lathem.

They headed to St. Louis to buy a firearm, yet couldn’t acquire one, and got back to Chicago the next day.

On the ride back, Warren said Lathem previously recommended killing Cornell.