Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Probation Deal For Two Accused In Boystown Fire

A man and a transgender woman charged in connection with the fire that ripped through a 126-year-old home in Boystown in April will get probation under a recently-accepted plea deal.

Ryan Handzel, 20, and Keith L. Williams, 23, each pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage on Monday in exchange for sentences of 12 months probation, according to court records.

Police said Handzel and Williams both admitted to being inside the long-abandoned home at 651 W. Aldine moments before the fire was discovered at 6PM on April 24.


Arson Update

Weiss (Chicago Police Dept)
Bail has been set at $150,000 for Colin Weis, the 24-year-old Boystown man who’s charged with arson after police officers said they saw him attempting to light a couch on fire early Tuesday behind the Belmont Cafe, 930 W. Belmont.

Cops were trolling local alleys in search of a burglary suspect when two officers came across Weis in the act of starting the fire, police said. The burglary suspect was subsequently found two blocks away.

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25 comments:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ls3GCD2YI4

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  2. Did COH finally show up in court and plea bargain for this over "restorative justice" or did Sidetrack and Tunney pay off the judge for PR purposes?

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  3. Someone should tell Colin Weis not to sweat it. Arson only gets you probation around here.

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  4. Insane. Handzel and Williams continue their reign of out neighborhood, burn down a building and come back for the services at the center! I plan on reporting every one of their probation violations that I see from them at the center over the next few months.

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    1. Thank you. Probation revoked = less crime in the neighborhood.

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    2. Don't do that!
      They might get double-probation.

      ....unless Preckwinkle and Fox can mend things with the dreaded pat-on-the-head and $50 Burger King gift certificate treatment.

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    3. Thank you! Maybe if enough people report them they will actually do some time. Someone is going to be seriously hurt or killed by these maniacs

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  5. Probation. Really? Wow a slap on the hand.

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  6. Name these judges!!! The only way we will ever stop this Catch and Release Program is to compile a list of these worthless judges and vote every single one of them that do this OUT!!!

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  7. Burn down a house and get probation? WTF!

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  8. Liberalism, isn't it grand? lol Why in the world would any police officer risk his/her life when they know the thugs will always get off with a slap on the wrist with a wet noodle.

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  9. And note arsonists are all apparently into bad hair color dye jobs. We have pink, blonde and green for these three rainbow swirls of arsonists.

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  10. This is from the Center on Halsted web site: "We have an expectation of excellence for all youth at Center on Halsted and we offer programs that provide a roadmap to a successful future." I guess success can include getting parole for arson. High expectations. Keep that funding rolling in!

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  11. Amazing. Totally frakking amazing. They burn down a building, people lose everything and all they get is a slap on the wrist? Where's the 1000 community service? Vote that judge out and stare down those jerks when you see them

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  12. I stand corrected, long vacant building. But my original comment still stands. Slap on a wrist.

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    1. Any burning building is a danger to the whole community, abandon or not! Mrs. O'Leary taught is that.

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  13. 1870's Dodge City justice and punishment, as least how it was dramatized in 1960's TV Westerns, except no one here gets the death penalty, or even goes to the slammer. (These judges should be disbarred). The 19th precinct doesn't even have a lock-up anymore.

    Instead, Tunney will probably send the COH flowers on Pride Sunday.

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  14. When they're not at the COH they are at the Crib. I will also be calling to report any/all violations to keep these clowns off the streets. How does burning down a building get someone only probation???

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  15. Course they didn't burn down their home-away-from-home the Center on Halsted, well yet anyway.

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  16. And they wonder why crime continues with their catch and release polices. Clearly the most important thing is moving cases along at any cost and saving money by not incarcerating for their crimes when at all possible. Like so many, these two fools will continue to create problems in the area.

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  17. Burn down buildings, maybe take some lives, destroy what someone has worked all their life for ? Then get slapped on the wrist with PROBATION ? ? ? Where was Tunnys army of court watchers? Oh, and where was Tunney?

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    1. Like all the other high up city officials--they've fled the city for the Mem weekend bloodbath.

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  18. handsel and Williams areaways at he COH...why are they on the streets....

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    1. If Williams even steps one ugly foot inside the local grocery that he was arrested from its tresspass.Im waiting bitch!!

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  19. they look crazy.

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