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Hadiya Murder Suspect Was on Probation for Weapons Conviction

Via Chicago Tribune:

Two reputed gang members were out for revenge from a previous shooting when they opened fire on a group of students in a South Side park last month, killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in a heartbreaking case that has brought national attention to Chicago’s rampant gun violence, police said.

Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, were each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the Jan. 29 attack that also left two teens wounded.

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McCarthy said Williams was shot July 11 at 39th Street and South Lake Park Avenue, and an arrest was made. But that gunman was let go after Williams refused to cooperate, McCarthy said.

McCarthy also noted that at the time of Hadiya’s slaying, Ward was on probation for a weapons conviction. McCarthy said weak Illinois gun laws allowed Ward to avoid jail time because of the absence of mandatory minimum sentences. . .

And here is the problem yet discussed by Piers Morgan, et al. There is absolutely no reason why the State of Illinois can't -- right now -- enact tougher sentences for weapons possession. Hadiya Pendleton's death is the result of bad government as much as it was caused by two gang losers. - Greg Pollowitz

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