Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Court report: Kicking 79-year-old woman in face on CTA? That'll get you probation... Plus other recent sentencing decisions

Jerrel Turner | CPD
Some cases we told you about on CWBChicago have been resolved in court:

A 35-year-old transgender woman who swung her body from a CTA train’s overhead handrail and kicked a 79-year-old woman in the face without provocation has been sentenced to two years of mental health probation.

Jerrel Turner pleaded guilty to one felony count of aggravated battery of a person over age 60. In exchange, prosecutors dropped two additional counts of aggravated battery. Judge Adrienne Davis approved the plea agreement.

On Jan. 13, Turner and the victim were riding a Red Line train when Turner swung her body and kicked the woman in the face as the train neared Bryn Mawr, prosecutors said.  Witnesses followed Turner from the train and alerted police.

“She kicked an old lady in the face on the train,” a witness reportedly told arriving officers. A second witness confirmed details of the attack, police said, and the victim was able to identify Turner as the attacker.

The victim, who lives in Rogers Park, was admitted to Weiss Hospital for treatment of blunt trauma to her forehead, according to police records.

Justice Smith (inset) was accused of battering a police officer near Wrigley Field. | File; CPD
• A Kalamazoo, Michigan, man who was accused of attacking a police officer near Wrigley Field in March has received a two-year conditional discharge.

Justice Smith, 23, approached an officer who was sitting in a patrol car and said, “I’m gonna beat your ass,” the cop later reported.  After the officer managed to get out of the patrol car, Smith ran into a nearby 7-Eleven store where he flailed his arms and pushed the officer’s head down with his hands and arms as he tried to escape, police said.

Back-up officers arrived and took Smith into custody, but not before he damaged $157 worth of the store’s merchandise, according to charges. The original officer reported suffering a cut to the side of his face and behind his ear.

Smith reached a plea deal with prosecutors that has them dropping six felony counts of aggravated battery to a police officer in exchange for his pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor resisting police. The deal was approved by Judge Timothy Chambers.

Edward Smith | Wikipedia; CPD
• A man who just pleaded guilty to a May 2017 robbery along the Boystown bar strip has been sentenced to three years—but after applying Illinois’ 50% sentence reduction for anticipated good behavior in prison and credit for 454 days spent in jail awaiting trial, Edward Smith will be released from prison on Aug. 2nd.

Smith and an accomplice pushed a 25-year-old victim into an alley in the 3200 block of North Halsted and robbed him around 3 a.m. on May 18, 2017.

Smith also received a 90-day concurrent sentence for battering a corrections officer while he was in jail.
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