4 years for man accused of stabbing 71-year-old homeless man during robbery attempt at CTA station

Easton Kirkpatrick (Chicago Police Department, CTA)

CHICAGO — A man accused of stabbing a 71-year-old homeless man during a robbery attempt at a CTA station has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Easton Kirkpatrick, 33, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery in exchange for the sentence from Judge Ursula Walowski, according to court records.

Officials said the victim was sleeping with his belongings at the Jefferson Park CTA station when Kirkpatrick tried to rob him around 1:20 a.m. on April 14, 2023.

CTA video showed Kirkpatrick going through the man’s pockets and then demanding money, prosecutors alleged. They said he kicked the victim repeatedly and stabbed him about three times in the leg.

The victim got away without losing any property to Kirkpatrick. He received stitches to close knife wounds on his leg and hands, prosecutors said.

Kirkpatrick was charged with escape from electronic monitoring in November, but prosecutors dropped the charge in his plea deal. They also dropped eight counts of aggravated battery that he faced in connection with the robbery allegations.

His four-year sentence will be reduced to two years for good behavior. He also received 246 days of credit for time spent on an ankle monitor and in custody since being arrested last year. His parole date is set for May 12, 2025.

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