Man Convicted of Stabbing Teacher in Naperville Bar Gets 43 Years

Daniel Olaska, 30, was found guilty in March of first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old school teacher Shaun Wild

A suburban man convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 bar stabbing that claimed the life of a Naperville school teacher was sentenced to 43 years in prison Wednesday.

Daniel Olaska, 30, received 40 years for the murder and three years for unlawful use of a weapon. Those sentences were ordered to be served consecutively. 

Olaksa was found guilty in March of first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old school teacher Shaun Wild and not guilty of two counts of attempted murder.

He had pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge. He also pleaded not guilty to the two additional counts of attempted murder in the injuries of Willie Hayes and bar employee Rafael Castenada.

Prosecutors said Olaska stabbed the men with a pocket knife during a Feb. 4 brawl inside Frankie's Blue Room.

The defense argued Olaska was acting in self-defense because Hayes, who was Wild's friend, acted aggressively toward Olaska and caused him to fear for his life. Defense attorney Ernest DiBenedetto said the security footage shows Hayes antagonized Olaska, despite witness testimony that Hayes was trying to shake Olaska's hand.

Olaska had no criminal background prior to the stabbing incident. He has been in custody since his arrest shortly after the 2012 incident.

Wild, of Brown Deer, Wisc., graduated from North Central College in 2011. It was his first year as a second-grade teacher at Spring Brook Elementary School. Hayes, of Lemont, was a senior at North Central College at the time of the attack and played defensive end for the football team.
 

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