Bartlett Man Found Guilty of 2018 Murder

By The Chicago Times Staff

June 19, 2022

WHEATON – A Bartlett man was found guilty of murder Thursday.

Donald Pelka, 63, was found guilty of First-Degree Murder in the 2018 shooting death of Kyle Goidas, 29, of Glendale Heights. The jury reached their verdict after two hours of deliberations following a five-day-long trial.

Court document revealed that on September 28, 2018, at approximately 3:30 am, DuPage County Sheriff’s Deputies and Bloomingdale Police officers responded to a shooting at the Bella One Spa located at 25W319 Lake Street in unincorporated Bloomingdale.

When they arrived on scene, police discovered Goidas, an employee at Bella One Spa, unresponsive suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on scene. Meanwhile, Hanover Park police observed Pelka speeding and conducted a traffic stop.  During the traffic stop, officers recognized Pelka’s vehicle as wanted in connection with the Bella One shooting. Pelka was taken into custody.

According to police, Pelka was a customer at Bella One Spa where he had gotten into a verbal altercation with Goidas in the parking lot of the establishment.  Pelka brandished a handgun and shot Goidas twice in the torso. On September 29, 2018, Pelka bond was set at $1 million and has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail.

Pelka is to appear in court July 25, 2022, for filing of post-trial motions and return of the Pre-sentence Report.

Pelka faces forty-five years to life in prison.