Sentences: 9 years for Old Town shooting; probation for Albany Park sex case; more

Here are the court outcomes for some stories you may remember reading on CWBChicago:

Old Town shooting

A Garfield Park man with a history of gun convictions has been sentenced to nine years in prison for shooting a man in Old Town two years ago. Kewon Wright, 30, faced multiple counts of attempted murder for the shooting and had a separate gun case, too. But he cleared all of that up by pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

Wright pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the attempted murder charges and the gun case. Judge William Raines oversaw the case and sentenced Wright to nine years in prison with credit for the 870 days he spent in jail awaiting trial.

Wright is scheduled to be paroled in September 2026.

Prosecutors said Wright shot a 22-year-old man three times in the back on the 400 block of West Evergreen around 11:50 a.m. on January 16, 2019.

About three weeks after the shooting, before police pegged Wright for the shooting, sheriff’s police officers allegedly found him carrying a gun illegally on the 400 block of North Cicero. He was charged with armed habitual criminal multiple counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and other charges. But prosecutors ditched the case in the plea deal.

In October 2015, Judge Carol Howard sentenced Wright to two concurrent three-year terms for separate gun possession charges. Before those cases, Wright was sentenced to 24-months probation and 30 hours of community service for unlawful possession of a handgun in 2014.

“In-And-Out Burglar” gets probation this time

Ryan Brandis, possibly the most-mentioned criminal defendant in CWB history, has resolved his latest burglary charge.

You may remember we once dubbed Brandis the “In-And-Out Burglar” because he kept getting arrested for theft and burglary every time authorities released him from jail or prison.

That nickname remains accurate as prosecutors agreed to reduce his latest burglary charge to theft in exchange for his guilty plea and a sentence of two year’s mental health probation.

In March 2020, Chicago police issued a bulletin after Brandis went “missing” while on parole.

Cops located Brandis a few days later after a witness saw him kick in the front door of a home on the 800 block of West Cornelia. Neighbors helped cops locate Brandis on nearby Halsted Street, where the officers took him into custody after a short foot chase.

Judge Carol Howard handed down the probation sentence.

Albany Park sex abuse

An Albany Park man accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl and soliciting her for nude photos has been sentenced to two years probation.

Alberto Sanchez-Moreno, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in exchange for the sentence, which was handed down by Judge Ursula Walowski. Prosecutors dropped two additional sexual abuse charges and one count of grooming, court records show.

Prosecutors charged Sanchez-Moreno in January 2020 after the girl told investigators that he picked her up at her home and drove her to a nearby area for sex between October and November 2019, police said in paperwork.

Prosecutors also alleged that Sanchez-Moreno solicited the girl to text photos of her private areas to his phone.

CTA spitter sentenced

A Chicago man who allegedly Chicago crime news of CTA and Metra train passengers as the COVID pandemic raged last October has been sentenced to 36 months of mental health probation.

Chicago police issued a community alert as they tried to track down the serial spitter last autumn.

On October 6, a woman told police that a man walked up to her and spat in her face as she rode the Blue Line on the North Side around 10 a.m.

About 40 minutes later, another woman reported that a man spat in her eye as she rode the Blue Line. That victim was transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment. The two women do not know each other, prosecutors said.

Metra police officers who handled similar incidents on their train system identified the suspect as Willie Howard Jr., 35, according to prosecutors.

Howard was arrested outside a Metra station after the women identified him in photo line-ups. During a bond court hearing the next day, prosecutors suggested Howard may have a communicable illness, but they did not elaborate.

Howard, who was convicted of criminal sexual assault in 2005, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery of a transit employee in exchange for the sentence. Judge William Raines oversaw the case.

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