BAD DAY FOR NECK TATS: Prison Time For Two Accused In Separate Boystown Muggings

A 19-year-old parolee has pleaded guilty to the brutal beating and robbery of a man outside of Nookie’s Tree restaurant on Boystown’s Halsted strip this summer.

Sparks (Il Dept. Of Corrections)

You may remember when the robbery victim told us his story days after the mugging.

Richardson C. Sparks of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood was tracked down by a fugitive apprehension unit after he was positively identified as the person who used a credit card taken in the robbery to buy food at the Subway restaurant, 901 W. Belmont, moments later.

Charges of aggravated battery, unlawful restraint, unlawful possession of a credit card, and identity theft were dropped in exchange for Sparks’ plea. He received a 4 year prison sentence.

Sparks never identified the other people who participated in the attack with him.


Jones (Cook Co. Sheriff’s Dept)

Another of this summer’s muggings also reached a relatively quick resolution yesterday.

Amari Jones, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in connection with mugging a man and then punching him in the face near Broadway and Melrose on September 5.

Charges of unlawful restraint, theft of lost or mislaid property, and two counts of aggravated battery were dropped in exchange for Jones’ plea, court records show. The judge handed down a 4 year prison sentence.

Not-So-Funny Valentine

Valentine (Chicago Police Dept)

Finally, 22-year-old Noel Valentine has reached a plea deal in connection with the alleged robbery of a 58-year-old Lakeview woman in late September.

Valentine pleaded guity to one count of theft in the case, which was originally charged as a robbery. Valentine received two year’s of second-chance probation, according to court records.

Prosecutors alleged that Valentine walked into the victim’s backyard and asked her for directions before stealing her purse and crashing into her on his way out the back gate. A 40-year-old neighbor tackled Valentine within seconds and held him for police in the 3400 block of N. Marshfield.

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