- A Cook County judge Tuesday shaved nearly 30 years off the prison term of a man convicted in a 2007 shooting that left 10-year-old Arthur Jones dead.
Clarence Williams’ 2011 bench trial was one of the first Judge Maura Slattery Boyle presided over, and the judge said testimony in the case convinced her that Williams played a role in a shootout at the intersection of West 55th Street and Halsted in 2007.
But a State Appeals Court disregarded the Felony Murder statute whereby (basically) all parties in an incident are responsible for the outcome, regardless of intent or actions by individual persons.
- Boyle found Williams guilty of first-degree murder and handed him a 43-year sentence. But six years later, a state appeals court ruled that evidence at trial didn’t prove Williams was a gang member or had been part of the ambush of Disciples members that claimed Jones’ life.
On Tuesday, Boyle grudgingly resentenced Williams on the lesser charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm — a count that carries a 15-year maximum sentence.
So he'll be out in a little more than a year instead of thirty more. Great system you got there Illinois.