Wednesday, January 07, 2015

JUSTICE: Sentences Issued In Area Robbery Cases—Including One Of The Worst

L: Townsend; R: Williams
(Illinois Department of Corrections)
One of the most brutal and tragic robbery incidents that CWB has ever covered is nearing resolution in court.

Early on the morning of Sunday, June 23, 2013, two young men were sitting near the Belmont CTA station when a couple of offenders stole one of their phones. The victims called 911, caught up with the thieves in the alley behind the old Leona's restaurant, and detained them with the expectation that police were on the way to help.

What the victims did not know is that the 19th district was in “RAP” status, meaning no officers were available to handle the victims' call, and no police were ever on the way. As more than 10 minutes passed, things took a tragic turn.

A mob—estimated to have reached 20 people—began to form. Then, the thieves and others in the group overpowered the victims, beat them with their hands, a broken bottle, and a board that broke in the violence of the attack.

One victim, a then-25-year-old Orland Park man, "was knocked out, completely...He was on the ground, right by the alley. One guy hit him in the face, and another guy kicked him. It looked like he was going to die or something," a witness told DNAInfo Chicago the next day.

Morgan Townsend, then 22, and Deondre Williams, then 18, were each charged with 19 counts.

Pearce (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)
Now, the court cases are wrapping up.

On August 19, Williams pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and received a 5-year sentence. Townsend followed suit on September 23 and received 7 years.

A third man, now-20-year-old Asante Pearce, was arrested last spring and is charged with 16 counts, including robbery. With bond set at $350,000, Pearce is due in court next Friday.

4 Years For Him, 15 For Her

L: Brickell; R: Taylor
(Illinois Department of Corrections)
Antonio Brickell, 22, has been sentenced to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty on October 30th to robbing a mom and pop convenience store near the Sheridan CTA station in May.

Nicole Taylor, 24, received a 15 year sentence on November 17 after pleading guilty to a May 2013 robbery in the 3200 block of Halsted. Taylor’s two co-defendents, Tasheaka Carpenter and John Jefferson, are due in court on Friday.
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14 comments:

  1. Do these offenders live in Lakeview? Have we done enough to reach out and help them through the economic crisis of the past several years?

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    1. Maybe their offenses were simply "crimes of survival".

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    2. Of course they lived in Lakeview - for the short period of time they "stayed" here - until they jumped back on the red line....We certainly helped them out -- they get a roof over their head, 2-3 meals a day, exercise -- what more can we do for them? ;)

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  2. Maybe we can find appropriate housing for them in Tunney's condo building.

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  3. OUTSTANDING individuals..all of them -- good riddance.

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    1. No not really. 19 counts pleads down to 1 with a 5 year sentence out in 1.5 years. Then he will come right back to rob and beat someone else.

      How about prosecutors and judges doing their jobs by putting the animals in their cages for a long time. I don't understand why violent criminals are treated so gently. You can't undo violence. It has a lifelong impact on the victim.

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  4. Was the city sued for negligence for the lack of timely response?

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    1. The Supreme Court has ruled that the police have no duty to protect any specific person.

      And thanks to other court rulings I've had a concealed carry license since last April. Your choice as to what to do, protect yourself or hope the police aren't on RAP status when you need them.

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  5. You could argue that nature or God made a mistake in giving human beings the capacity to hate, and that hate can never be valid or justified. You could argue that. But if hate can ever at any time be right, then these people are worthy of hate.

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  6. "Williams pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and received a 5-year sentence. Townsend followed suit on September 23 and received 7 years."
    Let's see how much of these sentences they actually serve. Are they required to serve a percentage of it or is it just random?

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    1. unlike the Feds - where you have to put in 80% of your time regardless of the crime, like someone said earlier -- odds are they will get out way early and come back to roost as they love it here so much.

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    2. Yep ... roost, and leave behind a ton of chicken shit for the rest of us decent people to clean up.

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  7. I'm curious as to how you track these cases? CWB seems to be the only news outlet that actually follows up on what happens.

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    1. We use Cook County Criminal Court records, which are free and openly available to the public.

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