Again, Why Was He Out?
A Bridgeport man accused of murder 15 years ago has been charged with fatally stabbing a man during an argument in his home earlier this week, Chicago police said.
Joseph "Joey" Lacyniak, 34, was charged with first-degree murder in the Monday morning death of John Hughes Jr., police said.
Lacyniak was previously charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in 1997, according to court records.
The following year, the then-20-year-old received concurrent 50- and 25-year prison sentences following a jury trial before Judge Michael Toomin, court records show. But an appeals court ordered a new trial for Lacyniak in 2004.
In 2006, Lacyniak pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but was later allowed to withdraw his guilty plea, records show.
Concurrent 50 and 25 year sentences means a minimum of 37 years. A guilty plea to 20 years and he's out in 10 - call it time served - and he's allowed to withdraw the guilty plea.