Six days after getting out of prison for punching a woman in the face during a robbery attempt downtown — and kicking a Chicago cop in the groin — James Killingsworth on Tuesday allegedly punched a woman in the face on the CTA and kicked another Chicago cop in the groin. But the Illinois Department of Corrections is not revoking his parole.
You may remember Killingsworth from two stories we published about him a couple of years ago.
Chicago police arrested him a few days before Christmas 2020 after he stole a woman’s phone from her hand as she walked in the 1000 block of North State. A witness tripped Killingsworth as he ran from the scene, and a police sergeant who happened to be in the area took him into custody.
“When I get out of these handcuffs,” Killingsworth allegedly told an officer at the scene, “I’m going to beat your b*tch ass.”
Killingsworth then kicked the cop in the groin, prosecutors said.
Investigators later linked Killingsworth to another attack that occurred in Streeterville two days earlier.
In that case, a woman was walking in the 400 block of East Ontario when Killingsworth ran up, punched her in the face, and tried to take her phone around 3:15 p.m. on December 17, 2020.
Last month, a judge sentenced Killingsworth to four concurrent three-year prison sentences for aggravated battery of a peace officer, theft, attempted robbery, and aggravated battery in a public place.
He arrived at Stateville Correctional Center last Wednesday, October 19. After receiving credits for time spent in jail and the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction, he went home the same day, according to IDOC records.
Six days later, on October 25, Killingsworth punched a woman in the face at the 87th Street CTA station, prosecutors said. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment but did not have visible injuries.
Killingsworth threatened to beat up Chicago police officers who took him to the station and then kicked one of them in the groin, prosecutors alleged.
He is charged with felony aggravated battery of a peace officer and misdemeanor battery.
Judge Maryam Ahmad sighed when the prosecutor told her that IDOC was not lodging a parole hold against Killingsworth.
The judge then ordered him to pay a $12,000 bail deposit to go home on electronic monitoring.
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