Here are some court updates on cases that we’ve covered at CWB Chicago:
Lakeview Hate Crime
Giovanni Mattina, the Lakeview man charged with a hate crime for writing “your Nazi lives here” on a neighbor’s sidewalk and throwing bricks at their door, has pleaded guilty.
Mattina received 30 months probation and is ordered to pay $3,460 restitution.
Belmont – Clark Robbery Case
Devontae King, 21, pleaded guilty to jumping a woman and robbing her outside of the MB Financial Bank, 3179 North Clark, last October. He received a three-year sentence.
The case against King’s alleged accomplice, Michael A. Lee, is still working its way through court. Lee is due back in court on October 20.
North Center Starbucks Robbery
Carlton Cherry has pleaded guilty to robbing a North Center Starbucks in May. He’s been given a two-year sentence.
Career Burglar Pleas
Career criminal John A. Cline has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of theft in connection with a burglary in the 3600 block of North Western last winter.
Cline, sentenced to a combined 36 years in prison for seven different break-ins since 1991, received a modest 364-day sentence (offset by 175 days of time served) in exchange for his plea.
More Charges In “Chicken Hut” Rape Case
Finally, a grand jury has returned a stack of charges against Carlos Ortiz, the 40-year-old Chicken Hut manager accused of raping an employee in the restaurant’s basement on June 15.
Ortiz now faces four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, four counts of criminal sexual assault – consent, and one count of criminal sexual abuse.
A judge also declined Ortiz’s request to travel to Ecuador with three family members where he hoped to spend time with his mother. Ortiz said he bought the airline tickets months before the alleged rape.