Sentences Handed Down In Robbery, Burglary…And “Knife Dancing” Cases

Here are some updates on sentences handed down in cases that you may have read about on CWB Chicago:

10 Days For Waving Knife In The Middle Of Clark Street

Jackson | Cook County Sheriff

A man who police reportedly saw “waving a large knife” in the middle of Clark Street near Diversey walked out of court last week a free man, sentenced to time served (10 days) in exchange for pleading guilty to reckless conduct.

A weapon possession charge against 36-year-old William K. Jackson was thrown out in exchange for his plea.

Police responded to the McDonald’s at 2635 North Clark around 11:30 p.m. on January 17 after multiple callers reported seeing Jackson “dancing in the street holding a big kitchen knife.”

Arriving officers found Jackson “waving a large kitchen knife back and forth and walking in between both lanes of traffic.” He dropped the knife when ordered, and he was arrested after a brief foot chase, cops said.

A witness said he saw Jackson pull the knife out of his jacket during an altercation with another man who fled the scene, police said.

Last summer, Jackson and another man were accused of attacking and robbing two men at knifepoint in River North. A judge found no probable cause against Jackson and his co-defendant, Michael Curry.

Less than a month later, Curry was arrested and charged with repeatedly stabbing a Lincoln Park beach volleyball player near Clark and Armitage.

Burglar Caught Running With Cash Register Gets 40 Months

King | Cook County Sheriff

A burglar who was arrested after cops saw him running down the street in the middle of the night with a cash register has received a 40-month prison sentence.

Officers responding to a burglar alarm at Lush Cosmetics, 859 West Armitage, saw Kenneth King run past them with a cash register on his shoulder at 12:30 a.m. on April 25, 2016.

Cops say King’s initial response to his arrest was asking, “did somebody see me do it? Is it on video?”

King, 37, is a Black P-Stone gang member who was given three concurrent 2-year sentences for Lincoln Park and Lakeview theft cases in 2014. He was released after serving only six months in prison, according to state records.

State records show that he will be paroled in December of this year after serving only 12 of his 40 months in prison.

Stabbed By His Victim, Robbery Offender Pleads Guilty (And Gets Probation)

Douglas | Chicago Police Dept

The tables were turned on Wesley Douglas when he tried to rob a man in Boystown last November.

The victim launched a counter-attack—stabbing Douglas repeatedly in the chest and causing Douglas to run away in fear for his life.

Douglas had a much friendlier reception in criminal court, where a judge let him walk with just 30 months probation in exchange for a guilty plea.

Douglas received three stab wounds to his chest when the victim fought back against him and another unidentified accomplice shortly before dawn at Roscoe and Halsted, police said.

Cops caught up with Douglas minutes later after he boarded a southbound #36 Broadway bus at Cornelia and passengers called 911 to report a man bleeding profusely onboard.

Douglas has no previous criminal record in Cook County, according to court records.

Hard Time For Burglary Heavyweight

Veith in 2015 (L) and this month (R) | Illinois Dept of Corrections

A convicted felon who was caught trying to steal things from a Lakeview woman’s purse while she unloaded groceries at home is going back to prison.

But, boy, it looks like he’s been eating well in jail.

Scott Veith, 30, has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for targeting the woman in the 3700 block of North Bosworth on September 18, 2015.

Veith was on parole for another burglary at the time of his arrest. State officials revoked his parole and sent Veith back to prison where he served out the balance of his 4-year sentence.

Once “freed” from prison, Veith was immediately handed over to Cook County officials to face the Lakeview charge.

Veith is scheduled to be paroled in June 2018, according to state records. That gives him plenty of time to hit the gym. Or the cafeteria.

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