Tuesday, December 01, 2015

BAD DAY FOR NECK TATS: Prison Time For Two Accused In Separate Boystown Muggings

A 19-year-old parolee has pleaded guilty to the brutal beating and robbery of a man outside of Nookie’s Tree restaurant on Boystown’s Halsted strip this summer.

Sparks (Il Dept. Of Corrections)
You may remember when the robbery victim told us his story days after the mugging.

Richardson C. Sparks of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood was tracked down by a fugitive apprehension unit after he was positively identified as the person who used a credit card taken in the robbery to buy food at the Subway restaurant, 901 W. Belmont, moments later.

Charges of aggravated battery, unlawful restraint, unlawful possession of a credit card, and identity theft were dropped in exchange for Sparks’ plea. He received a 4 year prison sentence.

Sparks never identified the other people who participated in the attack with him.

Buh-Bye

Jones (Cook Co. Sheriff's Dept)
Another of this summer’s muggings also reached a relatively quick resolution yesterday.

Amari Jones, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in connection with mugging a man and then punching him in the face near Broadway and Melrose on September 5.

Charges of unlawful restraint, theft of lost or mislaid property, and two counts of aggravated battery were dropped in exchange for Jones’ plea, court records show. The judge handed down a 4 year prison sentence.

Not-So-Funny Valentine

Valentine (Chicago Police Dept)
Finally, 22-year-old Noel Valentine has reached a plea deal in connection with the alleged robbery of a 58-year-old Lakeview woman in late September.

Valentine pleaded guity to one count of theft in the case, which was originally charged as a robbery. Valentine received two year’s of second-chance probation, according to court records.

Prosecutors alleged that Valentine walked into the victim’s backyard and asked her for directions before stealing her purse and crashing into her on his way out the back gate. A 40-year-old neighbor tackled Valentine within seconds and held him for police in the 3400 block of N. Marshfield.
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20 comments:

  1. First of all, the judges and prosecutors aren't responsible for the origin of the violence - that comes from deep within the criminals themselves. But to never charge them for their violence - never? To always dismiss the charges? That encourages this violence as well as all the additional crimes they commit, and does make the judges and prosecutors responsible.

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    1. Judges and prosecutors are responsible for the catch and release of these scum, however,

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  2. Our fine prosecutors at work letting violent offenders plead down to essentially nothing. So basically they will be trolling our neighborhood for more victims in a few weeks.

    Keep in mind that this time they got caught but how many other times did they attack someone and not get caught.

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    1. Dump Anita. These constant plea deals makes you wonder what crime do you have to commit to go to jail in Illinois? Carry a gun, plea. Beat up an old lady, second chance, blah blah blah. The only reason we (we as in law abiding citizens) follow the rules is out of respect for society, our neighbors, morals etc. If you have none of those its open season in Illinois without consequence.

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  3. "Valentine received two year’s of second-chance probation" - is this a punishment? Can someone familiar with criminal justice tell me how this fits the crime? I'm being serious, I don't understand the punitive value of this sentence....

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    1. This is what liberals refer to as "restorative justice." According to that bizarre theory, there are no victims and no criminals, just people involved in misunderstandings.

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    2. "This is what liberals refer to as "restorative justice." According to that bizarre theory, there are no victims and no criminals, just people involved in misunderstandings."
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      I hate to admit it.....because I've been a Democrat for many, many years.....but I'm starting to lean more conservative. At least where crime and entitlements are concerned. I am deeply in favor of helping the most vulnerable among us, but I'm sick and tired of reading about the "youth" who continue to beat and rob people in our neighborhood, who list youth shelters as their addresses....Of course these "youth" are well into their 20's or 30's and have lengthy criminal records.

      Lock 'em up and throw away the key. They are WORTHLESS to society. Want to make them be worthwhile? Let them do hard labor to atone for their crimes. Maybe if there were actual consequences....unpleasant consequences at that....perhaps they wouldn't re-offend.

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  4. That's a lot of plea deals. I guess we can look forward to these outstanding citizens back on our streets by... Christmas?

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  5. So if aggravated battery was dropped what the hell did they actually plea too? ....oh and they apparently can plea and not give their co-thugs up as well... WTF??!?!?!?

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  6. The actual sentences/time to be served aren't noted. Do you have?

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    1. Not yet. At the time of our story, they weren't yet in IDOC custody. Generally, it's 50% of the sentence minus time spent sitting in jail awaiting case resolution.

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    2. From Tunney:

      Big thanks and congrats to the Northside Community Justice Center and 19th District Court Advocates for following two 44th Ward robbery cases.

      Amari Jones pleaded guilty to felony robbery in connection with mugging a man and punching him in the face near Broadway and Melrose on September 5th. Richardson C. Sparks was tracked by a fugitive apprehension unit after he was identified as the person who used a credit card taken in a local robbery. Both men were sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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    3. ^^So, now he's plagiarizing us? That's awesome!

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  7. I pleaded guilty to a fender bender. The judge said I had to pay $2300.00 in damages and suspended my drivers license for 6 months. I think I would have been better off if I had pleaded guilty to robbery. At least I would have been given a slap on the wrist and told not to do that again. Anita? Anita? You are up for re-election. I wonder how that is going to pan out after your last fowl up of holding a video until after the run off election of the mayor. ????? HUM . . . . .

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    1. Because you had money to pay the fine.

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    2. "Because you had money to pay the fine."

      Exactly. Those who have cash are the ones who have to pay. It is sickening that violent, career criminals are allowed to be free to roam among us, & continue to terrorize innocent, tax-paying citizens. It makes me so sick, I'm starting to think about leaving the city. I really don't want to....I love living in Chicago....but it's getting harder and harder to live here.

      Regarding the Anita comment, I'm sure she will be the next head to roll in Rahm's cover-up. However, as someone on SSC said, if we get in a Toni Precwinckle candidate, it could be even worse. Like my mom always said, you are voting for the lesser of two evils. Terrible that we can't have a decent candidate (for any office) that truly works for the interests of the people, : (

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    3. I know someone who gets a public drinking ticket about once a year. I lecture him on how stupid that is and how expensive, but he says he just cries broke to the judge and they make him go pick up trash for a day or two.

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  8. I really should be committing some crime -- it seems to be so easy to get away with!

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    1. unfortunately, like most of us, you probably have those pesky morals. The criminals are holding political office and like to see like-minded criminals roaming free.

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  9. Dean Wormer: "Oh. Then as of this moment, they're on double secret probation!"

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