Thursday, March 14, 2019

Court report: 12 years for Red Line robbery spree; 51-month sentence for opening fire on Uptown street....

Denzel Boykin pleaded guilty to committing three robberies on a Red Line train. | File: CPD
A 24-year-old parolee has been sentenced to three concurrent 12-year prison sentences for carrying out a series of robberies aboard a Red Line train in April of last year.

Denzel Boykin pleaded guilty to three felony counts of aggravated robbery-indicating presence of a firearm in the deal. He was given 339 days credit for time served by Judge Angela Petrone. Boykin is scheduled to be released early from prison on March 27, 2024.

Last spring, Boykin and three other men robbed three separate passengers within 15 minutes on a Red Line train as they traveled northbound from Clybourn to Fullerton around 1 a.m.

During two of the robberies, the men implied that they were armed and the third victim was punched in the face, according to a police statement.

According to state records, Boykin was released from prison six months before the robberies after serving half of a five-year sentence for unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Records show that he was on parole for two earlier felonies when he was arrested in the stolen auto case: A 2013 robbery for which he received a three-year sentence and a 2012 conviction for aggravated battery to a school employee in which he was sentenced to five years.

In January, 27-year-old Amarri Bowens received three concurrent eight-year terms for his role in the robberies. The other two offenders were never charged.

Miguel Santiago was accused of shooting at a man in the 4500 block of North Broadway. | CPD; Google
A convicted felon who opened fire on a busy Uptown street last May has escaped the most serious charges that were filed against him.

Miguel Santiago, 53, reached a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm in exchange for a 51-month sentence with 303 days credit for time served.

Two counts of attempted murder, Class X felony armed habitual criminal, aggravated discharge of a firearm and four felony weapons counts were dropped in the agreement, which was approved by Judge Charles Burns.

At 10:15 a.m. on May 7th, 2018, Santiago opened fire on a 52-year-old man in the 4500 block of North Broadway. The victim, who was not struck, refused to co-operate with police.

Santiago was arrested in nearby Lakeview after he fled the shooting scene on a bike and stashed his gun in a portable restroom, police said.
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