If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it. That is what Chicago is doing with gun crime. Gun offenders get probation, but he went to prison for breaking ABC7’s camera equipment.
He to detroying two spotlights and a news camera. He was sentenced to 1 year in prison.
Pereda was shipped off to the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet on Thursday. He arrived, underwent processing, received the state’s automatic 50% sentence reduction for good behavior, and was paroled the same day, according to state records.
Nonetheless, Pereda spent far more time behind bars than most people who pled guilty to carrying firearms illegally in Chicago.
Roderick Trice was also in Chambers’ court on Wednesday. The 21-year-old was facing four felony gun charges after police said they found a loaded handgun during a traffic stop in Uptown on Nov. 23. According to police, Trice told them that “It’s an old gun and I only have it for protection. I’m trying to get my FOID (Firearm Owner’s ID card).”
In exchange for his guilty plea on one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, Chambers sentenced Trice to two years probation and 50 hours of community service. Prosecutors dropped the other three felonies.
But Chicago is serious about gun crime, as long as they only have to blame the guns.
And that gun sentence is only one of half-a-dozen (or more) handed out to people in Chicago. Now some of them might have deserved to be given reduced sentences, but some of them used guns in crimes like robbery, and they still got off, not free, but they didn’t do any serious time.