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Rural Mackinaw teen charged in her mother’s death pleads not guilty, could face decades in prison

Tazewell County Courthouse, Pekin
Joe Deacon
Tazewell County Courthouse, Pekin

A rural Mackinaw teen potentially could face more than 100 years in prison if she’s convicted on all charges against her in the October 2021 home invasion killing of her mother and shooting of her father.

Dahlia Bolin, 16, entered not guilty pleas to six felony counts at her arraignment Thursday afternoon in Tazewell County Circuit Court, including two counts of first-degree murder that carry sentencing ranges of 20-60 years.

Prosecutors allege the girl, who was 15 at the time, offered three other teen suspects money to kill her parents. Rebecca Bolin died from multiple gunshot wounds in the attack; Douglas Bolin was also shot but survived.

Dahlia Bolin also faces two counts of solicitation of murder for hire, one count of second-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 1.

Bolin was initially charged as a juvenile shortly after the crime, but the charges were elevated to adult court last month. She remains free after 10% of her $1 million bond was posted.

Bolin was represented by public defenders John Spears and Aimee Dluski at Thursday’s arraignment hearing. Judge Chris Doscotch told Bolin the total adult sentence range on all charges extends to 100 years, but she could have two 15-year firearms enhancements tacked on at the sentencing judge’s discretion.

Doscotch explained that because Bolin was under 18 at the time of the crime, any adult sentence must be 40 years or less – unless the sentencing court determines a longer sentence is justified by aggravating circumstances. Doscotch said the sentences for two first-degree murder charges do not allow for probation or any credit for time served.

Nathaniel Maloney, Andre Street and Sage Raeuber also face murder charges in the crime. Street has a review hearing scheduled for May 22, Raeuber on June 12, and Maloney on June 15.

According to the prosecutors’ affidavit of probable cause, Tazewell County deputies reported to the Bolin home on American Legion Road and found Dahlia Bolin outside the residence.

She initially told the deputies she was in the basement and heard footsteps upstairs. She then discovered her parents had been shot and briefly spoke to her father before using his cell phone to call 911.

The affidavit says that after additional questioning, Dahlia Bolin admitted to entering a plan with Maloney, Street and Rauber to have her parents killed.

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Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.