Thursday, June 01, 2017

Woman Who Fired Gun In Viral Video Gets Two Years

Stegall (inset) received a 2-year sentence after pleading guilty yesterday | Cook County Sheriff
At one point, it looked like she’d walk away with a misdemeanor charge.

But yesterday, the woman who went viral on a video that showed her firing a handgun into a bustling stretch of Lincoln Park’s Halsted Street in 2015 was told that she’s going to prison.

Jennifer Stegall, 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in court on Wednesday and received a 2-year prison sentence in return.

In October 2015, Stegall was caught on video firing a handgun during a street disturbance in the 2600 block of North Halsted.

Prosecutors initially charged Stegall with misdemeanor reckless conduct because—despite the fact that more than a dozen people were within steps of her—none of them would go on record as having seen Stegall fire a gun.

No weapon was recovered at the scene as multiple bystanders told police that no gun had ever been used.

Stegall was arrested, charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct, and released within eight hours.

But after a “certain blog” reported on the case and shared the viral video, local residents spoke up. Two weeks later, the state’s attorney filed amended charges, and a grand jury eventually returned eight counts against Stegall.

After receiving credit for two days served in jail following her arrest, she will likely be paroled around Christmastime.

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  1. Absolutely ridiculous that someone who shows absolutely no regard for human life such that they would fire a gun in public like this will serve less than two years and probably even one year. Yet another failure by our courts to protect society from those proven to be a threat.

  2. This city is insane. Opening fire on a busy stretch of Halsted with traffic and innocent people driving by?Two years??? Out by Christmas??? What are the judges and lawmakers thinking???

    Absolute madness.

  3. Um, wait a sec. You're patting yourself on the back and taking credit here...but as you mentioned, you posted a viral video...that someone else filmed. The person who filmed the viral video published it on YouTube, and the YouTube video was then shared in lots of ways, including via this blog. The BBC even used it as footage in one of their documentaries.

    1. Um, no. We're not taking credit for the video. Follow the links to our reporting on this. Think more of others. Spread joy.

  4. BTW, 2 years in cook county terms means 2 months! We'll see her in august!