Sentences: 4 years for beating 64-year-old man with pipe; 54 months for cruise ship chaos

Kevin Williams | IDOC

Some cases we told you about on CWBChicago have been resolved in court:

Beating a 64-year-old man with a pipe and robbing him in Old Town has earned 18-year-old Kevin Williams a four-year prison sentence.

On Nov. 28, the victim was walking near his home in the 300 block of West Goethe when he was approached by four teenagers, one of whom began hitting him in the head and face with a metal pipe. Other members of the group took the man’s tablet and wallet, according to a police report.

Williams, who became a legal adult just two days before the attack, was charged with the robbery along with an unnamed juvenile.

In a plea deal approved by Judge Nicholas Ford, Williams pleaded guilty to felony robbery of a victim over the age of sixty. Prosecutors agreed to drop three aggravated battery charges.

After receiving Illinois’ automatic 50% sentence reduction for anticipated good behavior, Williams’ parole date has been set for Nov. 25 of next year.

Demetrius Blackwell (inset) and the Anita Dee | CPD; Anita Dee

• It’s prison time for a man who went wild during a charter yacht excursion on Lake Michigan last summer.

Last June, 28-year-old Demetrius Blackwell was aboard the Anita Dee charter yacht as the boat was making its way past Navy Pier.

Witnesses and victims told police that the boat was approaching its dock at 200 North Breakwater Drive around 9:30 p.m. when Blackwell got into a dispute with other passengers. When a security guard tried to defuse the situation, Blackwell pushed the 56-year-old man down a staircase, prosecutors would later say.

The boat’s first mate and another employee escorted Blackwell from the yacht. That’s when he “became extremely irate” and began fighting with passengers who were waiting to board the ship, police said. When the first mate approached Blackwell again, Blackwell placed him in a chokehold and spat in his face.

A 25-year-old passenger from Lincoln Park decided to intervene. Blackwell allegedly punched him in the face and ran.

Blackwell went on to push responding police officers, kick a police car, spit in the face and mouth of at least one cop, slip out of his handcuffs, and then bite another cop, according to his arrest report.

Now, he has reached a deal with prosecutors: In exchange for pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated battery in a public place, prosecutors dropped seven aggravated battery counts and one count of criminal damage to government property. He received a sentence of 54 months with 318 days credit for time served while awaiting trial.

He is scheduled to be released early from prison on September 18th of next year.

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