Boystown Widow Beater Gets 4 Year Prison Term

Enjoy prison, jackass.

Vacha smoking a “cigarette” on probation (L); at Stateville yesterday (R)

A Cook County judge gave Robert Vacha an inexplicable sentence of 30 months probation for mugging a 61-year-old widow at Halsted and Roscoe in August 2014.

Vacha, unable to seize an incredible opportunity, screwed that up royally and has now been sentenced to four years in prison. He reported to the Stateville Correctional Center yesterday.

Four months after being given probation, Vacha was arrested on a warrant after a foot patrol officer recognized him at the Center on Halsted. Vacha falsely identified himself as “Stephen Lapinskas” to the cop, who promptly filed a charge of obstructing identification against him.

Vacha was given another slap on the wrist by the judge who ordered him to undergo in-patient treatment at a South Side facility. Instead of reporting as required, Vacha fled to Rockford, IL, where he lived freely and posted liberally on Facebook for over a year.

Winnebago County officers tracked Vacha down a month ago. But they allowed him to make one final Facebook post before being hauled away: “Cops suck,” Vacha wrote, “but they help me out let me smoke and drink befor going to jail.”

A couple of months before he mugged the woman in Boystown, Vacha created a video while attending the Windy City Times‘ Youth Summit. His closing thought? “Don’t trust everybody at first glance.” Indeed.

By the way, the Windy City Times has now set Vacha’s video to “private.”

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