The Chicago man who knocked out a woman’s teeth for a cigarette in 2008, then became synonymous with a botched early prison release program when he threatened another woman the day after being let out early, is a free man again.
Derrick King, 49, beat Jennifer Hall outside a Jewel store in the South Loop in August 2008. She lost 20 teeth and suffered a brain injury, but King, charged with robbery, attempted murder and aggravated battery, took a deal and pleaded guilty to robbery in exchange for a three-year prison sentence.
After a year in Cook County Jail, he was sent to prison on Oct. 6, 2009, but paroled just two weeks later under a policy change by the Quinn administration -- the MGT-Push (meritorious good time) program. The next day -- Oct. 21, 2009 -- King was arrested after threatening a woman he asked for a cigarette in the 500 block of West Roosevelt, then bragging to her about the first attack. Though charged with only a misdemeanor, he was sent back to prison for a parole violation.
This case had the ability to bring down Quinn and his bullshit "meritorious good time" program that managed to put 1,781 felons back on the street in just under 3 months, endangering countless lives and leading to an untold number of crimes being perpetrated on the citizens of Illinois.
This quote is priceless though:
- “Certainly you worry when someone with his history is out...,” Smith said. The big question is what will he do next. It’s just a big question mark whether they’ll be back in on a new case. Nobody has a crystal ball. Not the prosecutors, not the police not the Department of Corrections,’’ Smith said. “... you hope the sentence was a deterrent and they won’t want to go back there [prison].”
Actually, the Chicago Police Department does
have a crystal ball - the Predictive Analysis Unit, and we just peeked into their super secret headquarters office. We'll bet a rather large sum of money that this particular piece of garbage is back on Roosevelt Road within three days, threatening people for money and begging for smokes. How about the tact team run a "reverse King" mission and finally make the PAU look like the fucking geniuses they've been telling everyone they are?