Chicago man, out of prison for two weeks, headed back after being charged with robbery and attack

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CHICAGO, IL – A 20 year old man in Chicago had just been released from prison on December 23rd has been arrested for robbery and other charges in an alleged attack in the beginning of January.

Chicago Police have announced the arrest of Timothy Mayo for his alleged participation in a robbery and aggravated battery on a transit passenger on the Jackson Red Line platform on January 7th.

Police arrested Mayo along with a 15-year-old girl, 15-year-old boy, and a 17-year-old boy also for their alleged participation. Police have not released the names of the juveniles.

According to Cook County prosecutors, Mayo along with the three juveniles approached a passenger asking for money.

The victim, who was not identified, attempted to retrieve his wallet which is when Mayo allegedly attempted to swipe the wallet and the victim’s phone.

The victim refused to let the wallet go and one of the other suspects put the victim into a headlock while Mayo and the others allegedly beat and kicked him.

Prosecutors allege that the attack caused the victim to fall to the ground.

Prosecutors allege that the group stopped beating the man and then followed the victim as he got onto the train instead of just running. Perhaps this was their way of further intimidating the man not to call police while on the train.

Prosecutors claim that Mayo and the others were able to steal $92 from the victim before they boarded another train and got away.

Members of the Chicago Police Department were monitoring the surveillance video in real time as the crime was occurring. Police witnessed the violent act and dispatched officers to the location where they saw Mayo and the group traveling after the robbery.

Chicago Police were able to intercept Mayo and the others at Cermak where they were all detained. Officers kept Mayo and the suspects there while the victim was gathered for a show up.

A show up is when police lawfully detain a suspect and bring the victim to them so that they can identify the persons involved…IF that is in fact who the officers detained.

When the victim got to the location where the suspects were detained, he positively identified Mayo and the group as being his attackers. Chicago Police took all four people into custody. There is no mention if the victim got his property back.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Mayo had just completed a one-year sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon from Lake County. He reported to prison on June 26th and was transferred to the Stateville Correctional Center on December 17th just before his release on December 23rd.

Prosecutors also informed the court that this was far from the first time that Mayo has been in trouble for violent acts.

While a juvenile, Mayo was adjudicated delinquent three times in 2018 for aggravated battery and drug charges. In the juvenile system, adjudicated as delinquent is the same as being found guilty in trial.

Cook County Judge Susana Ortizset heard the case and determined that Mayo be assigned a $30,000 bond for the robbery charge. While he may be able to bond out for the robbery, state officials have placed a hold on him while they review his parole status.

If Mayo is on active parole, he may have violated the conditions of his release, and thus, be subject to arrest for the parole violation.  

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Family of a man murdered in a drive-by shooting fuming over proposal to lessen penalties for criminals

TACOMA, WA – The family of man who was shot and killed in a drive-by is fuming after learning of a proposal by Democratic lawmakers.  The bill would lessen the penalties for those convicted of killing someone through the course of a drive-by shooting.

The brother of the victim in this case calls the news a “shock” to the family.

It was 24 years ago when Corey Pittman, who was in Tacoma, Washington during a break from college, was riding in the car with four other people going home. When the car got into the Hilltop area the group was met by Kimonti Carter, a Bloods gang member, who was in another vehicle.

Carter believed that the car Corey was in belonged to a rival gang member (he was wrong) and opened fire with his MAK-90 long gun, firing 19 rounds.

Several of those rounds struck Corey who died because of the shooting.

Carter was arrested, charged, and convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder. It’s something that Democratic lawmakers want to change in a proposal they have presented, House Bill 1692.

The bill, presented by Democratic State Representatives Tarra Simmons and David Hackney, would somehow allegedly make the current system less racist. This is because they believe the bill was designed to target gang violence which, in their words, is mostly comprised of minorities.

The bill would remove drive-by shootings from a list of aggravating factors that would result in an automatic life sentence for those convicted.

Even more shocking is that, if the bill is passed, it will not only affect future cases, but it will be retroactive, meaning the only person in prison this law would apply to may be released after it is passed.

 

Simmons notes that Carter is the only person in the state that has been sentenced under this law, however, still somehow apparently believes that the law was designed to discriminate against minorities.

She believes that people, apparently regardless of their crimes, can be redeemed. Simmons said:

“I believe in a society that believes in the power of redemption. Murder is murder no matter where the bullet comes from but locking young people up and throwing away the key is not the answer.

To speak about this law without speaking about the only person it has ever been used on is to tell only part of the story.”

Simmons clearly believes that Carter has turned his life around and is not the same gang member he was when he committed murder at 18 years old.

Because of Carter’s apparent turnaround, she and others believe that he deserves a second chance at life.

While Simmons and Hackney think they are doing a good thing in terms of ‘racial equity’ and Carter’s behavior, the family members of Corey, who are black, disagree. Damian said:

“Maybe he [Carter] did change for the better. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be in prison. I’m not the same person I was at 18, but I also never killed anybody.”

Corey’s brother, Damian, spoke to the Dori Monson Show about the loss of his brother and the potential changes coming to the law that may allow Carter out of prison early.

When he was on the show, he said that none of the lawmakers spoke to his family about the proposal, and they should have since this case seemingly is the only one in the state that will be affected. Damian said:

“Corey was very funny, smart, ambitious. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t admire him. He had a way of making the community better, making the world better. There’s nothing better than having a brother. I was born with a best friend.”

 

Damian and his family members are worried that, if the bill passes and is signed into law, that Carter may be released from prison immediately.

He said that it is “baffling” that the Democratic lawmakers would be pointing to Carter behaving properly while in prison as a partial reason as to why he should be released back into the community. He said:

“They can spin it in whatever way they want, but I’m a black man. This isn’t about party lines. This isn’t about racial equity.”

Damian has a message for Simmons and Hackney:

“My family was destroyed in one night. I haven’t been right since. Even just talking about it brings pain.

I implore you. No parents should have to bury their kids. Say his name. Corey Pittman. He was not a name, a nameless victim. He was a person.”

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