15-time convicted felon gets 4 years for robbing CTA passenger in the Loop

Albert Fields (Chicago Police Department, CWBChicago)

CHICAGO — A convicted murderer has been sentenced to four years for robbing a CTA passenger in the Loop, his 15th felony conviction. Albert Fields, 67, received a concurrent 2-year sentence for pickpocketing another victim on the trains downtown. He could be back on the streets in about 100 days.

In September 2022, prosecutors said Fields stole a 44-year-old man’s wallet on a Blue Line train near Monroe a couple of months earlier. Working with accomplices, he also allegedly stole a Missouri man’s wallet at the Clark-Lake Blue Line station.

At the time of those crimes, he was on bail for pickpocketing another man at the Roosevelt Red Line station in 2020. That incident escalated and resulted in robbery charges being filed against Fields.

As the train doors opened, Fields’ accomplice walked in front of the victim and rubbed a lit cigarette on the victim’s pants. While the accomplice “helped” the victim wipe ashes and soot off his pants, Fields took his wallet from his pocket.

Fields and his accomplice allegedly traveled to the 47th Street Green Line station and used the victim’s credit card to purchase several weekend Ventra passes for $220.

He was on bail for an identity theft case at the time of the robbery, which prosecutors said was based on nearly identical allegations.

Yesterday, Fields pleaded guilty to robbery of a victim over the age of 60 in connection with the Roosevelt Red Line charges. The state’s standard 50% sentence reduction and credit for time served will make him eligible for parole in 95 days.

Judge Pamela Stratigakis also sentenced him to two years of concurrent imprisonment for the Clark-Lake theft case. Prosecutors dropped the Monroe Blue Line case.

His 2019 identity theft case is still pending.

In 1983, Fields was convicted of murder and robbery, a case that involved a woman who was strangled and set on fire in the 4400 block of South State. His 80-year sentence was reduced to 30 years on appeal. Since then, his felony convictions include theft in 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2016, and twice in 2014, robbery in 2014, aggravated battery of a peace officer in 2004, and identity theft in 2016.

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