Rising crime on the CTA has been a leading Chicago news story for almost two years. But what kinds of sentences are handed down to people convicted of committing crimes on the city’s transit system?
We decided to find out by looking up some cases that we’ve told you about in the past. Here’s part one of our two-part report:
Ten years for Loop train robbery
Deleon Davis won’t be seeing his aunt for a while. That may be a good thing since she’s the one who turned him in to police after recognizing him in a Chicago police bulletin about two men who robbed a CTA passenger at gunpoint aboard a Blue Line train in the Loop.
Davis, 22, was on probation for robbing a woman in Bucktown when he and an accomplice allegedly walked up to the 22-year-old victim, put a gun to his face, and demanded his phone on September 21, 2021. After getting the victim’s phone and bag, the robbers exited at Clark-Lake.
Chicago police distributed photos of the suspects to media outlets, and Davis’ aunt immediately recognized him, prosecutors said. She turned him in.
Prosecutors initially charged Davis with armed robbery with a firearm, but they allowed him to plead guilty to a lesser charge of armed robbery without a firearm in exchange for a ten-year sentence, according to court records.
Judge Lauren Edidin handled the case. Davis is scheduled to be released on September 17, 2026.
A jury needed just 20 minutes to find Ricardo Woods not guilty of robbing a woman at the Fullerton CTA station in Lincoln Park.
Prosecutors accused Woods of battering and robbing the woman of a yoga mat outside the station in August 2020. They said the woman identified him as the thief and a DePaul University security guard chased Woods down the street.
Woods fought the case and took it to a jury in September. Hand-written court notes by Judge Earl Hoffenberg show the jury began deliberations at 3:50 p.m. and returned with a not-guilty verdict at 4:15 p.m. the same day. Woods went home.
Two years for attacking CTA bus driver
Kenmonte Ware, 24, received a two-year sentence for battering a CTA bus driver in Lakeview last October.
According to police and prosecutors, the driver was sitting in the bus on the 3900 block of North Clark Street after completing his northbound route when Warfield knocked on the door and tried to get on.
After the driver told Warfield that his bus was out of service and that he should board a bus sitting in front of him, Warfield reached into the bus, pulled cigarettes from the driver’s book bag, punched the driver in his face, and tried to pull him out of the window by his uniform sweater, according to prosecutors. But the sweater came off in Warfield’s hands.
So, the driver exited the bus and tried to get it back. The men wrestled to the ground, and Warfield stood over the downed driver, punching him in the eye and kicking him in the body, prosecutors said. He poured a bottle of water on the fallen driver and walked away.
Judge Lauren Edidin handed down the sentence and gave Warfield credit for 369 days he spent in county jail. The state reduced his sentence by 50% for good behavior, and Warfield left Stateville Correctional Center on the same day he arrived — October 6, 2022.
According to Illinois Department of Corrections online records, Warfield has absconded from parole.
Seven-year sucker punch
For nearly four years, Derrick McMath fought allegations that he sucker-punched a 67-year-old woman as she read her Kindle aboard a Red Line train near Jarvis in June 2018.
The fight ended in a bench trial before Judge James Obbish, who found him guilty of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm to a victim over the age of 60, according to court records. Obbish sentenced him to seven years.
At the time of the attack, a CPD spokesperson said the woman was at risk of losing her eyesight due to the attack. An update on her condition was not available.
McMath is expected to be paroled in May 2024, according to IDOC records. His lawyers have filed an appeal.
Nygel Goodman has been sentenced to two years probation for his role in a robbery at the Jackson Red Line station on March 3. Prosecutors said witnesses flagged down cops patrolling the Jackson station to alert them to a robbery in progress on a train around 6:25 p.m.
The victim was sitting on the train when Goodman and two juveniles started arguing with him, and Goodman punched him in the face, prosecutors said during Goodman’s initial bond hearing. One of the juveniles began hitting the victim’s face, too.
Prosecutors said Goodman tried to snatch the victim’s headphones from his hands as CTA surveillance cameras recorded the entire incident. Police arrested Goodman, 20, at the scene.
Goodman, who has no other criminal convictions and is a high school graduate, was initially charged with attempted robbery, but prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to a lesser charge of attempted theft. Judge Diana Kenworthy handled the case.