Almost 40 years after a Chicago Police officer was shot, the accused gunman is expected to plead guilty Friday in a unique deal requiring him to pay $250,000 to a group for fallen officers and firefighters and agree to a sentence of 30 days in jail and two years of probation, sources said.
On Feb. 7, Joseph Pannell, 58, returned to Chicago from his adopted home in Canada to face justice in the shooting of Officer Terrence Knox, who survived three 9mm bullet wounds in 1969. Pannell fled to Canada in the early 1970s to avoid prosecution. While in Canada, Pannell spent decades working as a research librarian.
The deal would require Pannell to contribute $250,000 to the Hundred Club of Cook County, which provides for surviving spouses of cops, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Pannell's supporters are expected to help him foot part of the bill.
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