Friday, September 19, 2014

Justice of a Sort

  • Jason “J. Rock” Austin thought he got away with murder, authorities said.

    But six years after prosecutors dropped state charges that he’d gunned down an off-duty Chicago cop and his female friend, the 32-year-old drug dealer was finally held to account Thursday in federal court.

    Saying it was “very likely” Austin had killed Det. Robert Soto and social worker Kathryn Romberg on the West Side in 2008, U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow sentenced the high ranking Travelling Vice Lord to 35 years in prison.

    “You destroyed two innocent lives and deprived their families of their loved ones, deprived children of their parents, friends of their friends,” Lefkow told Austin in front of a courtroom packed with police officers and relatives of Soto and Romberg.

    Though they’d had asked for a life sentence, the 35-year term was a triumph for authorities. They in 2008 had failed to convict Austin of the murders after multiple witnesses recanted, but over the course of a week long hearing earlier this month, convinced Lefkow to take the slayings into account when she sentenced Austin for a drug conspiracy.
Expect appeals. Federal time is over 80% if we aren't mistaken...maybe 85% minimum? It's 27 years or so he won't see the streets. This miserable fuck and his scumbags torpedoed the original investigation via threats and intimidation. He was proven to be a community scourge in the worst way at trial and ruined untold hundreds, maybe thousands of lives. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Bob when he worked in 002 back in the day and he was one of the best guys I ever worked with. It's nice to see that after the murder case fell apart that he wasn't forgotten. Nice job by Chief Nick and all of those involved to put the scumbag away.

9/19/2014 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the guys that put in the work for this. I will gladly buy the Sgt a beer next time were out ! Fantastic fucking job

9/19/2014 03:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Cmdr going to the joint said...

O/T

Cmdr Evans lawyer says he will be exonerated and vindicated. Yea ok good luck with that. Does that statement mean the officers that gave grand jury testimony are going to recant and purjure themselves? I see the officers that went to the grand jury at work and they look sickly. They know the day of raising their right hand under oath is getting closer by the day. Bet they wish they would have been on an arrest on that day he called to help go thru that building.

9/19/2014 04:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O/T

Cmdr Evans lawyer says he will be exonerated and vindicated. Yea ok good luck with that. Does that statement mean the officers that gave grand jury testimony are going to recant and purjure themselves? I see the officers that went to the grand jury at work and they look sickly. They know the day of raising their right hand under oath is getting closer by the day. Bet they wish they would have been on an arrest on that day he called to help go thru that building.

9/19/2014 04:14:00 AM


Give it a rest. there are good guys and bad guys. Commander Evans is one of the good guys. Cheer for the right side.

9/19/2014 05:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It worked out after all KB. In case nobody knows, KB is one of the nicest guys in this dept. and one helluva det. Thanks to all who put all of the countless hours in.

9/19/2014 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No public outcry over witness intimidation so a cop killer goes free for a while. This is such a refreshing ending to such a horrible crime and horrible first try at justice

9/19/2014 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you shoot yourself in the foot?!?!?!?!?

9/19/2014 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

35 years, GOOD! Rot in prison “J. Rock”, you low-life ghetto-trash.

Even at 85% of the sentence that's 29.75 years and the 32 y.o. piece of shit will be about 62 when he gets out. Of course that's *if* he's a good boy and behaves himself.

Or he doesn't die of AIDS or any of the other neat diseases one can get in the slammer. Or die from a terminal case of the most common *prison ailment*: 'Shivitis-In-The-Gut'

9/19/2014 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/19/2014 04:14:00 AM
so you were there and will be a witness for Anita???

9/19/2014 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back death row at Tamms, the death chamber at Pontiac and the electric chair.

9/19/2014 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

may you ROT in the deepest darkest pit in prison. I wish we sent these bastards to the chair. RIP Officer

9/19/2014 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cmdr going to the joint said...
O/T

Cmdr Evans lawyer says he will be exonerated and vindicated. Yea ok good luck with that. Does that statement mean the officers that gave grand jury testimony are going to recant and purjure themselves? I see the officers that went to the grand jury at work and they look sickly. They know the day of raising their right hand under oath is getting closer by the day. Bet they wish they would have been on an arrest on that day he called to help go thru that building.

9/19/2014 04:14:00 AM


They just have to ask themselves, "What would Daley do?"

Then they get the oxygen tank and nasal cannula and take a wheelchair to court. Then they mumble and say things like "I don't recall." "I don't recall what it is that I don't recall." I'm not sure if I recall or don't recall what I just said I don't recall." Mumble, stumble, bumble, umm, uhh, gurgle blurp sig erp burp. Umm, I have to go to the bathroom, I think I soiled myself. Consider this, Daley has not once in his lifetime gone to court and given testimony that shits on himself or anyone close to him. Oh, and bring a drool cup.

9/19/2014 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Attorney General Eric Holder will prosecute this brutal cop killer, neighborhood drug dealer scum for a "Hate Crime".

It seems like brutally murdering an off duty policeman and his girlfriend just for the fun of it, that sounds pretty "hateful" to me.

But, since barely "Black" Attorney General Eric Holder has never prosecuted a single Black criminal for any hate crime, it's extremely doubtful he will he'll get involved on this one.

He's too busy teaming up with the Rev. (not) Al Sharpton trying to frame honest policement in suburban St. Louis.

J
Council of Conservative Chicagoans

9/19/2014 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Cmdr Evans lawyer says he will be exonerated and vindicated. Yea ok good luck with that. Does that statement mean the officers that gave grand jury testimony are going to recant and purjure themselves? I see the officers that went to the grand jury at work and they look sickly. They know the day of raising their right hand under oath is getting closer by the day. Bet they wish they would have been on an arrest on that day he called to help go thru that building.

9/19/2014 04:14:00 AM

And you were there that day he called for help and know exactly what happened? I hope you made sure to intervene otherwise you're going to get fired for not. Were you in the grand jury room when the other officers were and know exactly what they said? I would like to know how you managed to do that. I wasn't in either of those situations so I'll wait to pass my judgement and even though I'm sure you're some dog ass stroke who doesn't like Evans because he expected you to actually do something and probably called you out for it why don't you wait to see how it turns out before acting like the true police hating liberal ass hat that you are.

9/19/2014 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob worked for me for several years. He was one of the nicest, most affable guys you would ever want to know. Despite a lot of challenges in his own life, he was always willing to step in and help others. Thanks for bringing his murderer to justice.

9/19/2014 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, justice is served for the cold-blooded murder of two innocent people who served our city. May the souls of Detective Soto and Kathryn Romberg rest peacefully now.

9/19/2014 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy was on Chicago ave signing autographs after his release from the county. Anyone who takes pride in murder should be in jail.

9/19/2014 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

The Feds finally did something right.

9/19/2014 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob was a colleague and dear friend. I pray he is resting in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his dear widow Jennifer. Miss you every day bro...

9/19/2014 04:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob always had a great sense of humor when he worked in the old 010 district. Finally justice.

9/19/2014 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

O/T

Cmdr Evans lawyer says he will be exonerated and vindicated. Yea ok good luck with that. Does that statement mean the officers that gave grand jury testimony are going to recant and purjure themselves? I see the officers that went to the grand jury at work and they look sickly. They know the day of raising their right hand under oath is getting closer by the day. Bet they wish they would have been on an arrest on that day he called to help go thru that building.

9/19/2014 04:14:00 AM


Give it a rest. there are good guys and bad guys. Commander Evans is one of the good guys. Cheer for the right side.

9/19/2014 05:22:00 AM

I was working CTA special employment. We went on to assist some officers and Cmdr. Evans was there. We had a flat tire and Cmdr. Evans was there and helped me take the tire out of my car and helped us. He wasn't ashamed or thought too highly of himself. This man looks out for his fellow officers. He is in the trenches. He deserves better and I hope everything works out for him. Good luck Cmdr. Evans.

9/19/2014 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you serve a long prison sentence you piece of shit. I hope prison is not too pleasant for you, you piece of shit. Come to think of it, you are not worthy of being called a piece of shit. When I saw you signing autographs on Chicago Avenue and taunting us I was upset. Who is laughing now? Have a long difficult stay in prison asshole. You murdered two innocent people.

9/19/2014 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every documented gang member should be targeted by the Federal government and convicted for tax evasion. These assholes are out making money selling drugs, cigarettes, and other various stolen items every day. Are they reporting their income?

9/19/2014 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure of being his partner in the 2nd District for about about 6 months. Thanks to all who helped put this scum in prison. May you never see the light of day

9/19/2014 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The creep even sued the police for false arrest......I think it is still pending

9/19/2014 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:35 AM

I agree. But you've got it vice versa. Death Row was at Pontiac. The condemned was transported to Tamms a day or 2 before scheduled execution.

9/19/2014 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Bring back death row at Tamms, the death chamber at Pontiac and the electric chair.

9/19/2014 10:35:00 AM


They did executions at 26th and Cal in an electric chair.

"Cook County Jail was one of three sites in which executions were carried out by electrocution in Illinois. Between 1928 and 1962, the electric chair was used 67 times at the jail, including the state's last electrocution of James Duke on August 24, 1962."

9/19/2014 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
How do you shoot yourself in the foot?!?!?!?!?

9/19/2014 08:34:00 AM


Get the book on Amazon: "How To Shoot Yourself In The Foot for Dummies"

There are left and right handed versions.

9/19/2014 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Joan loat family member' to violance. She knows the sadnest of losing someone. Justice was well served by this outstanding U.S. Federal Judge. CPD salutes you, your "Honer."

For all you people that think the Justice Department and the FBI do nothing, wake up folks. Federal justice takes time, that's how they work. If they target a criminal, by anyone, there will be seeing the court rooms at 219 S. Dearborn.

No one is immune, Daley, Madigan, etc if they got them cold in their tracks. All criminals make a mistake sooner then later! Law Enforcement 101.

9/19/2014 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Evans grand jury
To the Evans hating rumor mongering.
You are obviously someone that Evans called out in the past.
There are no surprises against Evans case. The officers testimony did not and could not damage him.
The officers did not do anything wrong.
This is not what it seems.
You obviously hate Evans. So be it.
But you're barking up the wrong tree on this one.

9/20/2014 05:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I totally agree that it was a great thing and I totally respect the hard work and due diligence , I just have to wonder how long this douchebag lasts on the street before he gets popped. As opposed to us guaranteeing that he lives another 28-30 on our dime..........

9/20/2014 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish people would stop saying "he worked for me." Sorry Sarge....nobody works FOR you...we ALL work for the City....get over yourself.

9/20/2014 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I wish people would stop saying "he worked for me." Sorry Sarge....nobody works FOR you...we ALL work for the City....get over yourself.

9/20/2014 12:18:00 PM

And I wish people who don't have anything positive to say, would just rein themselves in and not touch the keyboard.

9/21/2014 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I totally agree that it was a great thing and I totally respect the hard work and due diligence , I just have to wonder how long this douchebag lasts on the street before he gets popped. As opposed to us guaranteeing that he lives another 28-30 on our dime..........

9/20/2014 11:34:00 AM


Because you see it is the anticipation of knowing you are going to get locked up for 35 years as opposed to living free without a care in the world that slowly cannibalizes the soul, besides thanks to Narcotics there will be alot of people incarcerated with him and they are well aware of who is responsible for them being there. They just might do everyone a favor and take care of the problem for us!

9/21/2014 10:36:00 PM  

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