Two men have each been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for committing a West Loop carjacking while they were on parole two years ago.
Tyvonne Brown, now 29, had been out of prison for just four days on another carjacking case when he and Brandon Walton, on parole for his fourth stolen motor vehicle conviction, allegedly carjacked and robbed a 24-year-old man at gunpoint on March 1, 2020.
The men took the driver’s valuables and his car on the 300 block of North Loomis around 7:30 p.m. Chicago police saw Brown and Walton get into the hijacked car after tracking the victim’s stolen cellphone pings.
Brown had been released from prison days earlier after serving half of a 13-year sentence that he received for a 2012 carjacking in south suburban Harvey, according to state records.
According to court records, Walton was arrested by Illinois State Police in May 2016 after a trooper caught him speeding down the Kennedy Expressway in a stolen orange taxi cab.
A Chicago police spokesperson said in 2020 that prosecutors might seek federal charges against Brown and Walton, but the case stayed in Cook County courts.
Unfortunately for Brown and Walton, their case landed in the courtroom of Judge Peggy Chiampas, who has no qualms about handing down stiff sentences.
On Tuesday, Chiampas sentenced Walton, now 33, to 21 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon. He will receive credit for 916 days spent in custody before sentencing.
Chiampas previously sentenced Brown to 24 years on the same charge. His parole date is set for February 23, 2035.