Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Felon Who Fired Gun During Cubs Street Party Gets 7 Years

Hoytuan Pierce fired the gun here, in the 3400 block of North Clark Street, police said. | Google; CPD
A three-time convicted violent felon who was on parole when he allegedly fired off a handgun during a Cubs playoff victory street party in Wrigleyville is going to prison.

Hoytuan Pierce was 31-years-old when he opened fire outside of Roadhouse 66, 3478 North Clark, as partiers were wrapping up a Cubs Division League Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on October 13, 2015. No one was struck by the gunfire.

A significant police presence in the area due to the Cubs game allowed cops to execute a near-immediate arrest and Pierce was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and being an armed habitual criminal.

Pierce’s parole for his second DUI was revoked, and the state sent him back to prison.

While he sat behind bars, the Wrigleyville case was handed over to federal prosecutors. In December, he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

Today, he was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. He faced up to 10 years under federal guidelines.

Before the Wrigleyville incident, Pierce’s record included convictions for robbery, aggravated battery, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two DUIs, according to court data.

Police say Pierce is a member of the Latin Kings street gang.
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  1. Wow, fed time, huh? It other words, seven years = seven years? I sure hope so.

  2. Too bad more cases aren't transferred to the Feds. If it had stayed in Cook County, I am sure he would have been given probation.

  3. Thank goodness this was prosecuted by the federal gov't. If a Cook County prosecutor and judge had this case instead, this guy would be back on the street in under a year.

  4. Why not have the FEDS prosecute most gun offenders in Chicago. Since the Cook County States Attorney Office is so pro-criminal, have the FEDS prosecute these criminals and in short period I think the message would be loud and clear, you are a convicted felon with a gun you get 10 years, BOOM, you would see gun violence reduced in half. Compared to probation or a couple year sentence in Illinois Prison and reduced to 30% of that. This is common sense solution which our crap leaders don't have.

  5. Under federal law, no defendant is eligible for parole, so he must serve at least 85% of his sentence, which means he will serve significantly more time (almost 6 years) than he would serve had he received the same sentence under state law (a little more than 2 years).