Imagine the handful of incarcerated criminals who might deserve an early release. Yes, there are those who probably pose a minimal risk to others in the community. Last year, the Democrat-run Illinois legislature and governor approved a new law to allow prosecutors to petition for re-sentencing inmates deemed to deserve an early release.
With the new re-sentencing law in place, Soros-funded Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx has put her mind to finding the most deserving cases. Here are three she’s found so far and decided they’ve been rehabilitated and are worthy of an early release.
CWB Chicago has the gory details . . .
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Friday announced that her office will begin a resentencing initiative to win the early release of inmates who “have been rehabilitated and pose little threat to public safety.” The movement is possible under a law that Gov. JB Pritzker signed last summer.
Of all the inmates who might be in line for early release, Foxx’s office has settled on a convicted home invader, a convicted armed robber, and a convicted burglar. They all have lengthy criminal records, and two of them are violent records.
The most deserving of the three, Larry Frazier, committed a horrific home invasion just days after being released from his fifth stint in prison in 14 years. He shot a 63-year-old woman after telling her he was going to kill her.
According to federal prison records, reprinted by CWB Chicago . . .
A 63-year-old woman was moving items from her car to her Calumet City apartment when Frazier confronted her at the apartment with a coat over his hand.
“Give me your money. I’m gonna kill you,” he allegedly ordered as he entered the apartment and walked toward the woman.
“I can’t, Mister, I got arthritis,” she replied. She also didn’t have any money.
The woman tried to stall by pretending to look for valuables. Frazier opened her nightstand drawer and found her handgun. He pointed it at her and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t give him money.
She gave him a cookie tin full of pennies. He dumped it on the floor.
The woman ran at Frazier and grabbed the gun with both hands, fearing for her life. The gun fired. She was not injured. Frazier maintained control of the weapon.
“I’m gon’ kill you now,” he said as he put the gun to her head.
She begged for a chance to find money. He agreed. He demanded her car keys. She tossed them to him.
Then, she noticed a spot of blood on Frazier and realized he had been shot during the struggle for the gun. The woman bolted from the house and found two police officers in a nearby alley.
She “just ran up to [th]em and fell in their arms.”
The cops found Frazier slumped in a chair in the woman’s apartment, holding a jacket to his chest. The gun was under his chair. His fingerprints were found on the cookie tin and testing revealed that a gun was fired from within 12 inches of the coat he was wearing.
He was sentenced to 60 years for the 1995 crime.
Then there’s Charles Miles, who a judge called a “kind of friendly burglar.” He broke into an apartment in 2014 occupied by a woman and her daughter. The husband was at work and the 6’4″, 300-pound burglar woke up the wife in her bedroom as he made the floor creak. He had been in the apartment for some time and had a collected a bunch of loot, ready to go out the window of a room which led to the fire escape.
Roland Reyes rounds out Foxx’s trio, a career armed robber and burglar. He was sentenced to 30 years in 2008 for an aggravated robbery during which the victim was injured.
From the CWB story . . .
In 2019, inmates participating in the Illinois River Correctional Center re-entry program voted to give Reyes that year’s “Embodiment Award” as “the participant who is the complete embodiment of what the re-entry program is truly about.”
Obviously some folks will be watching to see how long these convicts will remain on the straight and narrow once they’re released. Given that 83% of prisoners reoffend within nine years, the odds don’t look good for the good people in Cook County, Illinois.