Boystown: Woman punched in the ear by a stranger on Halsted Street (Yeah, there’s more to this story!)

Sydney Carter was arrested near the intersection of Halsted and Aldine. | CPD; Google

A 29-year-old woman called police after she was punched in the ear on Boystown’s Halsted Street bar strip early Sunday morning, police said. We wouldn’t ordinarily report on a case like hers, but stick with us.

Around 4:25 a.m. police met the woman in the 3300 block of North Halsted, and she told them that a man who was standing nearby had punched her in the left ear without provocation. Police arrested the man, 46-year-old Sydney Carter, and noted in their report that he smelled strongly of alcohol. Prosecutors charged him with simple battery.

Frequent CWBChicago readers will know that there’s something special about this incident because Judge Stephanie Miller, who routinely releases criminals of virtually all stripes on recognizance bonds, set cash bail for Carter at $1,000.

It turns out that Carter just happens to be on parole for murdering his own mother. Police notified the Illinois Department of Corrections about the allegations made against him in Boystown, but such conduct does not violate a murderer’s parole, the department reportedly told officers.

In November 2007, Carter strangled his 59-year-old mother to death during an argument over alcohol in her South Side home. Nearly three years later, Carter pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with provocation and was sentenced to 22-years in prison.

In typical Illinois fashion, despite being “sentenced” to 22 years, Carter was paroled in April 2017, less than 10 years after the murder.

Carter had already been convicted of three felonies at the time of his mother’s killing, including unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2001. He received probation for that.

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