|Eric Boose Image; Cook County Sheriff's Office|
Eric Boose is the man who got tazed by police at the Boystown Circle K/Shell station during Pride Fest this weekend—three days after he was released from a downstate prison.
Illinois Department of Corrections records indicate that Boose was paroled out of the Pinckneyville Correctional Center last Wednesday after serving 6 months of a 1-year sentence for shoplifting.
Boose is now charged with resisting a police officer, battery, and aggravated assault of a police officer in connection with Saturday's incident. Bail is set at $100,000.
But that is hardly the first time that Boose has had a criminal transgression in our area. His criminal record, which spans two full pages in the Cook County Criminal Court's computer system, shows:
• A 1987 conviction for robbery in which he received a 6 year sentence.
• A 2004 conviction for a robbery in Uptown. He received a 3 year sentence.
• A 2011 conviction for a robbery in the 800 block of Sheridan for which he received a 2-year sentence.The more he robs, the shorter his sentences get. Welcome to Cook County.
Other convictions in his file: attempted murder, theft, battery, shoplifting, burglary, violating an order of protection, possession of controlled substance(s), receiving/possessing a stolen vehicle, manufacturing/distributing look-alike drugs, and aggravated battery/strangulation.
Since turning 18, Boose has been sentenced to at least 42-1/2 years in prison. He's 44 years old.
The 19th district CAPS office organizes a "court advocacy" program that tries to secure stiff sentences for neighborhood menaces. We have a nominee.