Chicago man gets 13 years for 2 shootings committed while on bail for other felonies

CHICAGO — A man accused of committing two shootings while on bail for pending felony cases—once in 2020 and again in 2021—has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Simmie Morris, 22, faced attempted murder charges in one of the shooting cases, but prosecutors dropped those counts, allowing him to plead to a lesser charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. He pleaded guilty to the same charge in the second shooting incident. Court records show he pleaded guilty to residential burglary and unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle in the cases that were pending at the time of the shootings.

Judge Michael McHale sentenced him to 13 years for each of the four charges, with the sentences to be served concurrently. He is expected to be paroled in September 2031.

On December 19, 2020, Morris was AWOL on recognizance bonds in the burglary and stolen car cases when he and another man allegedly tried to rob two people at a gas station in Washington Park, prosecutors initially alleged. Prosecutors said Morris pointed a gun at the victims while the accomplice told them to “give up your sh*t” and tried to get into their car.

But one of the victims drove off with the vehicle, causing the accomplice to fall out. Morris, prosecutors said, opened fire on the car. One round went through the front passenger window, but neither victim was injured, according to the allegations.

Simmie Morris (Chicago Police Department)

Prosecutors said video showed Morris wearing distinctive clothing and jewelry while firing the gun. Detectives later identified Morris by matching the clothes and jewelry to items he was seen wearing in an Instagram post.

Morris was still on the loose in January 2021 when he allegedly opened fire on another driver as they traveled on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 67th Street. The other driver was not injured, but Morris crashed his car and fled the scene. Illinois State Police troopers arrested him when he showed up at a hospital for treatment of a relatively minor gunshot wound.

Morris was convicted of aggravated battery as a juvenile three times—twice in 2015 and once in 2016, prosecutors said.

He was the 41st person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago while on felony bail in 2020. And he was the 39th person to accomplish the feat in 2021.

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