Friday, September 04, 2015

EASY PEAZY: Quick Plea Deal For Accused Muggers

Two men who were charged with flinging a woman to the ground during an attempted robbery in Lake View last month have reached quick plea deals that will allow them to avoid prison time.

Kendrick Sandifer, 19, and Lawrence Wolaridge, 22, each pleaded guilty this week to one count of attempted robbery before Cook County Judge Timothy Chambers. Chambers sentenced both men to 24 months probation and 40 hours of community service.

Charges of aggravated battery and unlawful restraint were dropped.

Wolaridge and Sandifer were accused of jumping a 33-year-old woman as she walked with her boyfriend in the 1600 block of W. Addison at 12:10AM on August 6.

The two were arrested after a witness trailed them and phoned in their movements to a 911 operator until police arrived on-scene.

Police say Sandifer is a member of the Gangster Disciples street gang.

Image: Sandifer (L) and Wolaridge via the Cook County Sheriff's Department.
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  1. Why did they deserve a break? At least one and likely both are in a gang. I doubt they are first time offenders. And justice for the victim, surely you jest. I suppose the city aldermen might suggest she and her neighbors pay for private security. If it had been family or a close friend of Judge Chambers, do you think he would have been so lenient? I really doubt it. You can bet these two will be right back at crime in some form and still lurking in the area. This is just another example of how broken the system is and how justice for the victim really matters little to none.

  2. Either the jails truly have no space, or our judges need to be stripped of their licenses to practice law.

    1. Judges are elected.

    2. Judges are appointed. Voters then vote to retain or not retain every so many years. The judges are almost alway retained.

    3. Did you read the article about the number of non violent people awaiting trial in the Cook County jail because they couldn't make the low bail amount? It seems at least some of those are the ones they could be releasing with electronic monitoring or ROR. And how much is it costing to keep these people? What was it, like 3/4 of the ones that were arrested for possession of a firearm were out on bail the next day. These two issues show just how screwed up the system really is.

      Most voters have no idea about the record of each judge. I think that would be a great companion site to this one. Keeping track of each judge and the number of times they let violent offenders out or give them a sweet plea bargain deal. It's hardly in the interest of the safety of the community to give thugs light slap on the wrist sentences. Imagine how angry it makes the cops arresting these career criminals. Yep, with the new taxes, don't expect any new police hires now. More taxes and fees, the common song sung by politicians but never cutting the fat from the bloated pig.

    4. Illinois' prisons are some of the most ridiculously overcrowded in the country; people on this blog can blame and cry about judges all they want, but the reality is that there's basically no room left. Until Illinois severely decriminalizes drug charges, gets rid of most of the mandatory minimums and make it easier for ex-offenders to find work in the state this is just going to keep going on and on and on.

  3. Well, with that giant property tax increase I am sure more police will be hired. NOT !