Why is it that we, as a society, cannot agree that it is crucial to lock up violent felons for very long times? So many blame guns, guns, the NRA, people who own guns, but never seek harsher sentencing for those who are CONVICTED of violent crimes. So many of these violent people are released, and hurt, or kill more people. Take this story for example
CHICAGO (WLS) — The family of 16-year-old Derrion Albert wants to know why one of the men convicted in his murder is now free. The 16-year-old Fenger High School honors student was on the way home from school when he was caught in the middle of a gang fight and killed in 2009.
The I-Team has been looking into the Cook County State’s Attorney decisions in the wake of the Jussie Smollett case and uncovered that the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx decided not to pursue a stiff prison sentence for one of the attackers shortly after she took office.
Cook County prosecutors charged four teens involved in the gang melee that led to Albert’s death as adults. Three were convicted of murder at trial. One pleaded guilty. All are serving prison sentences.
But one teen – known then as “D.J.” – was 14 at the time. Prosecutors say he punched Albert and knocked him down, saying that he signed “his death certificate.”
Prosecutors decided to charge him as a juvenile in a special kind of case called an Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile prosecution or EJJ.
That means although “D.J.” was convicted as a juvenile – he was also sentenced to 30 years as an adult on the underlying offense of murder. However, that sentence would be stayed and not enforced unless he was convicted of a new felony after being released from juvenile custody.
So, what if he offends again, what if someone else dies because of such light sentencing? What if he did offend again? Surely he would then be put away right? No
In 2015, 14-year-old “D.J.” was now 20 year old Dionte Johnson – out of juvenile prison – arrested and charged with felony aggravated fleeing after a Chicago police chase. Court records obtained by the I-Team show prosecutors filed notice that they were “seeking to revoke stay of his adult sentence.”
“They said that because he got in trouble now we were going to get the 30 years,” Anjanette Albert said.
Johnson was convicted of the felony on November 8, 2016, Election Day. The same day that Foxx, who supervised the Albert case convictions, won the state’s attorney’s race. Soon after, the Albert family says they were called to a meeting at the juvenile court building.
“They call us down there and tell us that the state’s attorney decided to not pursue the motion,” said Norman Golliday, Derrion’s grandfather.
Anjanette Albert said they told them that, “Kim Foxx decided not to go any further with this to just, it’s over. She’s going to drop it and he’s going to get out and there was nothing that we could do.”
Justice? Look, one thing we must do is put violent people away if they are convicted. How hard is this to grasp? Yet, how many people talk about this as a way to stop violent crimes? Yep, almost none