2 men get lengthy prison sentences for violent carjacking

Ladon Braxton, left, and Dakari Davis (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Two men have been handed lengthy prison sentences for carrying out a violent vehicular hijacking in March 2021. One of the men, accused of firing shots during the carjacking while on pretrial release for a gun case, was sentenced on Monday to 17 years. His accomplice was sentenced to ten years in April.

The victim and his friend were sitting in a car in the 3800 block of West 13th Street when Dakari Davis and Ladon Braxton, both 23, pulled up next to them around 9 p.m. on March 14, 2021, prosecutors said.

Braxton allegedly pointed a gun at one of the victims, telling him to open the door while pulling on the handle. The victim tried to drive away but struck a passing car as he did.

Officials said the driver of the other car got out, saw Braxton holding the gun, and then ran back to her vehicle. As she did, the driver of the car the men tried to hijack sped away, and Davis fired two rounds at the fleeing car, prosecutors claimed.

One round struck the passenger-side window, but no injuries were reported. The woman driving the other car got out and ran for safety, leaving her vehicle unattended.

Davis and Braxton got into her car and drove away. It didn’t take long for the police to find the vehicle.

Davis, who was allegedly driving it, sped through a stop sign and crashed as cops tried to pull him over. The police quickly arrested both men after they fled from the wrecked car.

Crime lab technicians determined that two shell casings at the carjacking scene were fired by a gun Braxton discarded, prosecutors said. He was also accused of carrying the female victim’s phone and $5,806 in cash that she had in her car.

Braxton had no criminal record when he was charged in the case. He pleaded guilty in April to aggravated vehicular hijacking and received a ten-year sentence from Judge Nicholas Kantas.

“Sometimes when you enter the criminal justice system, you don’t start with a single, you hit a grand slam,” Judge Lyke remarked upon hearing the state’s initial allegations in 2021. “In my humble opinion, Mr. Braxton hit a grand slam here.”

Davis, who had a 2017 juvenile conviction for unlawful use of a weapon, received 17 years from Kantas this week. The judge gave him an additional year for the gun case he was on bail for at the time of the hijacking.

Both men faced multiple other felonies, including attempted murder charges, but prosecutors dropped them when the men pleaded guilty, court records show.

Braxton is scheduled to be paroled in January 2026. Davis has not yet reported to the Illinois Department of Corrections, so his parole date is not available. Both men will receive 50% sentence reductions for good behavior and credits for time spent in jail pending trial.

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