Two men who were charged in separate robberies around our neighborhood have been handed prison sentences:
• Michael Quinones received a 12-year sentence after pleading guilty to the armed robbery of two women during the mayhem that followed 2013’s Pride Parade. Quinones was accused of pulling an knife on the victims at 11:30PM near Halsted and Barry. His co-defendant is due back in court on June 24.
This is Quinones’ third robbery conviction. He was sentenced to seven years in 2005 for armed robbery with a handgun. That sentence was served concurrently with another seven-year term for armed vehicular hijacking.
Despite being handed a fresh 12-year term and his previous convictions, records show that Quinones is scheduled to be paroled in four years—on June 21, 2019.
• Simon Sowell, 22, received a 6-year prison sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to battering a 26-year-old woman and taking her Samsung Note at Belmont and Clark on December 20.
Sowell had been released from prison one month earlier after serving a fraction of a 3-year sentence, also for robbery.
His parole date has not yet been set.