CHICAGO — A man has been sentenced to ten years for carjacking a Lyft driver in Andersonville last year. The man who was driving the stolen car when cops closed in has received a lesser sentence.
The 65-year-old Lyft driver pulled over on the corner of Foster and Clark to pick up a passenger when two men stepped from the back seat of a Cadillac sedan that pulled up next to him around 12:15 a.m. on June 24, 2022.
Prosecutors said Cormarion Watkins, 19, pointed a gun at the Lyft driver and ordered him out of his Hyundai Elantra. Watkins drove away with the car after another man hopped into the passenger seat.
The victim ran across the street and called 911. Chicago police officers spotted his car minutes later with another man, 19-year-old Hansen Dandridge, in the driver’s seat. Dandridge sped away, ran a stop sign, and disregarded a red light before crashing into a hydrant in the 1600 block of West Thorndale, a CPD report said.
Cops arrested Dandridge and Watkins after brief foot chases. Prosecutors said Dandridge threw a loaded handgun with a defaced serial number into a yard as he ran from the police.
Neither man had any criminal background at the time, officials said.
Watkins has now pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular hijacking of a senior citizen. He received ten years from Judge Ursula Walowski. Prosecutors dropped a more serious charge of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and five gun charges, according to court records.
With the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credits earned while in jail, he is expected to be paroled on June 4, 2027.
Dandridge pleaded guilty in September to possessing a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Walowski handed him three years for the stolen vehicle charge and a concurrent year for the gun violation.
He reported to prison on September 19 and is expected to be released tomorrow, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.
The Cadillac that Watkins was in before the hijacking had been carjacked in River North less than an hour earlier, according to CPD records, but neither he nor Dandridge was accused of committing that crime.