Man gets 8 years for shooting his girlfriend on Lake Shore Drive

CHICAGO — A South Holland man was sentenced to an eight-year prison term on Friday after pleading guilty to shooting his girlfriend during an argument on Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast.

Eric Betton, 37, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery by discharging a firearm in exchange for the sentence from Judge Arthur Willis, according to court records. Prosecutors dropped multiple counts of attempted murder, domestic battery, and firearms-related offenses in the plea deal.

Chicago cops initially responded to a “suspicious person” call in the 1300 block of North Lake Shore Drive early on August 19, 2022. When they arrived, a 36-year-old woman walked up to their squad car and asked for a ride to a bar in the West Loop, according to CPD records.

“Sorry. We’re on a job,” an officer replied, according to the report. The woman decided to offer a little more information: She had been riding south on Lake Shore Drive in her friend’s car when her friend “was shot in the face by her baby daddy,” the report said.

Eric Betton (Chicago Police Department, Google)

The woman told officers the man initially slapped the victim, then pulled over in the 1300 block of North Lake Shore Drive, pulled a gun from under the driver’s seat, and shot the victim, officers reported.

She told police she bailed out of the Range Rover after the shot was fired. A 911 caller who saw the woman jump a fence reported her behavior as suspicious, prompting the police response.

Betton allegedly drove his girlfriend to the Loop after the shooting, where they encountered police officers and requested assistance near Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue. Following that, he drove her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Officers stopped Betton as he dropped the woman off at the hospital, according to the CPD report. The woman who bailed out of the car identified Betton as the shooter, and cops found a handgun inside the Range Rover, the report said.

Betton’s parole date has not been set because he is not yet in Illinois Department of Corrections custody.

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