'Spilled drink' triggered Campustown shooting

'Spilled drink' triggered Campustown shooting

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URBANA — A Champaign teenager paroled two weeks ago from boot camp for a shooting offense has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the death of a bystander in a shooting early Sunday morning in Campustown.

“It all appears to have stemmed from a spilled drink,” State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said of the convoluted facts that led to the savage beating of one man, the fatal shooting of a visitor to Champaign, and the wounding of three others.

Authorities announced at a morning news conference that they are looking for Robbie M. Patton, 18, whose last known local address was in the 500 block of East Washington Street.

Circuit Judge Tom Difanis on Tuesday issued a warrant for Patton’s arrest with a $5 million bond.
He is accused of fatally shooting George Korchev, 22, of Mundelein, who was visiting Champaign over the weekend and was set to begin a new job Monday as a registered nurse in Libertyville.

Patton was paroled Sept. 9 after having served about 8 1/2 months of an eight-year prison term for aggravated discharge of a firearm. It was Difanis who recommended Patton for boot camp in April over the objection of Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Banach after Patton pleaded guilty to the weapons charge for firing a handgun Dec. 14 in the parking lot of Steak ‘n Shake, 2010 N. Prospect Ave., C. No one was injured in that shooting.

In Sunday morning’s gun violence, Rietz said, it appeared that Patton was allegedly shooting at a group of men who had beaten his friend.

Rietz laid out the following facts for The News-Gazette:

There was a party going on in an apartment at 306 1/2 E. Green St. about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

“During the party inside, a girl spills a drink on another girl. This leads to a disagreement that spills out into the parking lot,” she said.

That address is a three-story building that features retail stores on the ground floor and two stories of apartments above. It has a parking lot to the west; just west of that is the post office. Immediately east of the structure is a high-rise apartment building.

“Security-camera video shows many, many, many young people in the parking lot and different fights going on,” she said.

Apparently, the boyfriend of one of the girls in the drink altercation got involved in a fight with five or six other young men, Rietz said.

“We’ve obtained cellphone video of the very brutal fight where he ends up unconscious on the ground. These five or six are kicking him about the head and body while he lay unconscious and nobody helps him,” she said.

Rietz said another piece of video shows people milling around in the lot and an individual in a black sweatshirt, later identified as Patton, comes over and sees his unconscious friend.

“Robbie Patton gets agitated and pulls the hood of his sweatshirt up over his head and takes off toward the north. Witnesses report seeing him holding a gun and firing it in the direction of the victims who are walking on the path and not at all involved,” she said.

The intended targets, she said, were apparently the men kicking Patton’s friend, but none of the four men hit by gunfire were involved in the beating.

The path she referred to is a walkway on the north side of Green Street, north of the apartment building where the party was, which runs alongside the Boneyard Creek.

That’s where Mr. Korchev was fatally wounded as he walked with two male friends. One of his friends was also shot but survived. Two other men in that area were also hit by gunfire and survived, according to Lt. Dave Shaffer, head of the Champaign Police Department’s investigations division, which has been working nonstop on the shooting since it happened.

The shooting occurred just minutes after the man’s beating, Rietz said. She added that authorities are confident there was only one shooter on Green Street on Sunday morning.

Meantime, Rietz said police are still working to identify and locate the men who attacked Patton’s friend. They are also expected to be criminally charged.

Authorities obtained cellphone video from a woman who was recording the beating. After hearing the shots, she ran into traffic on Green Street and was hit by a vehicle but was not seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle that struck her stopped further down on Green and notified police about hitting the woman.

Rietz said police have spoken with the beating victim, who spent the night at Carle Foundation Hospital and was released.

The apartment where the party was going on was rented by some Champaign residents, and despite its location in the heart of Campustown, police don’t think any of the people directly involved in Sunday’s melee were University of Illinois students.

Shaffer said Tuesday that contrary to initial police reports, detectives don’t think the Green Street shootings are related to one that happened about 30 minutes later several blocks to the west.

Shaffer said police do not have much information about a party on South State Street near John Street where a woman was shot about 1:08 a.m.

“We have not gotten a ton of cooperation. We have very limited information on that. What little we do have does not connect it to the Green Street shooting,” Shaffer said, unable to theorize what may have precipitated the gunfire there.

In the State Street shooting, the woman received a minor wound to the leg, he said, and was treated and released.

The Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force is following up on that shooting, he said.
Patton was already arrested once this month after his release from prison.

On Sept. 11 — two days after being granted parole — UI police arrested him for allegedly lying about his identity. A police report said Patton was a passenger in a car that police stopped about 1:15 a.m. that Sunday near Green and Locust streets for an alleged traffic violation.

Smelling cannabis emanating from the car, police had the driver, Tyren Mercier, 18, of Champaign, get out. He was later arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of cocaine after police said they found individually wrapped packages of cocaine in his wallet. Patton was released from the county jail that same day after posting bond and was later charged with misdemeanor obstruction of identification.

Prison and court records show Patton served a total of 259 days behind bars in the county jail and the state prison system for the Steak ‘n Shake shooting.

In that shooting, also investigated by Champaign police, Patton is thought to have fired a gun at two men in the parking lot of the restaurant about 5:30 p.m. on that Monday. Police said he and Antonio Wright were inside the restaurant when they were approached by two men who asked them to step outside.

They did, and Patton retrieved a gun from a sport utility vehicle and fired it at the other men. No one was hit.

 

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Knowledge wrote on September 28, 2016 at 10:09 am

Sounds like Judge Difanis is pretty close to literally having blood on his hands with this one.

 

Will the "rehabilitation" and "second chance" proponents please step up and tell us how that worked out for the young man killed and those injured.

Disgusting...

 

Unblinded Eye wrote on September 28, 2016 at 10:09 am

I'd say he is closer than "pretty close."  This guy already had a conviction for stealing a car. Then the SNS incident. Then he was arrested again two days after being paroled. Then this shooting. Judge Difanis owes the community at least an explanation as to why he went against the opinion of SA Reitz and set this guy free after serving only 9% of his prison term.

rsp wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

Anyone who picks up a gun and recklessly fires it is the one who is responsible. It's interesting that you would blame someone else.

Knowledge wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

People who have shown they can't control themselves need to be controlled. yes, this man is 100% responsible for his actions. That's why this society has judges and police...and in this case the Judge failed society.

rsp wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

Because a rehabilitation program in prison and not having him in there for a long time to be educated on new ways to commit crimes can be productive. However not everybody takes the opportunity seriously. When and if he gets convicted, since he hasn't been convicted, he will find out what happens to people who don't take the judge seriously.

wayward wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

Yeah, Patton was young and Difanis probably meant well when he recommended boot camp.

JamBam wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

When you take out a gun and shoot at people in the Steak & Shake parking lot - that is a level of offense that should NOT be a "boot camp" level offense.

That should have been attempted murder - 20 years period. 

 

capt80 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 10:09 am

You think Difanis and the public defender who crafted this deal are going to lose sleep over this?? Hope so, about a month's worth would be nice.

 

sayhey wrote on September 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Dan Jackson was his attorney.

JohnQPublic1 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

I hope the victims family's are going to sue the Illinois Department of Corrections and Parole. 

 

This is young man has a history of gun violence and he is out in 9 months!  UNREAL!!!!!!

 

The community deserves better.  We deserve to be safe from these people. 

 

What at is the incentive to follow the law and not carry a gun illegally when your punishment is 9 months of boot camp?  Get real!!  

 

And who who is affected? TOTALLY INNOCENT PEOPLE who are going to school, starting new jobs.  Families who do it right and expect their government in all forms (prosecutor, judge, and Prisons) to keep us safe.   Paroling a violent offender convicted of discharging a gun in the very same community is NOT in our best interests.   

Again, the police will do a great job catching him.......I just hope for the sake of the community, the other elements of the government will do their part and keep him locked up THIS TIME.  what a joke.....what a freaking joke the prison system is.  If regular everyday citizens really knew how bad it is and how quick people get released from prison after serving %10 of their sentences, there would be riots.  

 

I hope the families sue everyone so policy can change.  We ALL deserve to be safe. 

Bulldogmojo wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

 

"Riots" ? LOL

BruckJr wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

So, where's the description of the folks involved in the beating?  Are the names of those folks known?  The reporting on this story has been poor from the beginning.  Are the police covering for these folks?  The states attorney?  The News Gazette?

JamBam wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

He did 8.5 months of a 9 year prison term?  For a gun crime?   Next time Difanis is on the ballot, please mark "Do Not Retain".  

 

 

 

rsp wrote on September 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

He went through the boot camp program, which qualified him for early release. He was still on parole.

BCT24 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

The man who lost his life was studying to become a doctor.  He was looking to matter in the world while all this young man has done is take and destroy.

There needs to be accountability for the judge ad the state which increasingy treats those who commit crimes under 21, no matter how serious, as children wo deserve second chances.  This was a case of fatally misplaced lenience that the media will ignore.  There will be no marches and no protests but there needs to be real legal redress.

Bulldogmojo wrote on September 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

 

Funny how the hang em' high law and order types didn't post any comments on the article about the Stanford rapist Brock Turner who walked after 3 months. Hmmm. Must have been at a Make America comb-over again rally on that day and missed the article.

http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2016-06-16/soft-approach-sparks-outrage.html

Also seems to be a lot of 'Law abiding' legal gun owners who let their weapons fall into the wrong hands. Maybe there will be "riots" over that right after the prison and sentencing riots?

Knowledge wrote on September 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

I'm confused at the apples to apples comparison you make...

the stanford swimmer was a habitual convicted rapist, sentenced to prison time, let out of prison 7 years early, and then raped someone again 2 weeks later???

 

THAT would be apples to apples comparison. Nice stretch on the lack of comparable outrage.

Bulldogmojo wrote on September 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

 

So which is it apples to apples or apples to apples?

and who said I had any outrage?

smartical wrote on September 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Your comment was one of the least intelligent comments on this forum. There is, in no way, shape, or form a comparison between Robbie Patton and Brock Turner.

Brock raped a woman and got out of jail after almost 50% of his sentence - yes, 3 months was half of his sentence. We haven't heard from him since. This man got out of jail after a highly violent incident in which his sentence was 8 years (yes, the sentence speaks to the severity). He served 10% of his jail term before release. Two days after he was let out, he was found with cocaine; 2 weeks later, he murdered someone and shot multiple others. 

Do you even know what an apples to apples comparison is?

smartical wrote on September 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Your comment was one of the least intelligent comments on this forum. There is, in no way, shape, or form a comparison between Robbie Patton and Brock Turner.

Brock raped a woman and got out of jail after almost 50% of his sentence - yes, 3 months was half of his sentence. We haven't heard from him since. This man got out of jail after a highly violent incident in which his sentence was 8 years (yes, the sentence speaks to the severity). He served 10% of his jail term before release. Two days after he was let out, he was found with cocaine; 2 weeks later, he murdered someone and shot multiple others. 

Do you even know what an apples to apples comparison is?

Bulldogmojo wrote on September 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm

 

Do you even know when someone is mocking you to your face? albeit on a comments board?

Redactor dictus Magnus wrote on September 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Maybe because we felt the editorial about the Turner case already expressed our opinions, whereas this is a news article without an editorial opinion, so calling for further discussion? Or maybe because this is a local paper and a local case? Doesn't mean we don't think Turner deserves to go away for a lo-o-o-ong time, and the judge in that case too.

sayhey wrote on September 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Why would SA Rietz agree to a plea where he has one serious felony dismissed?  Even if they opposed boot camp, why would they do this plea at all?

rsp wrote on September 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

You mean the plea to eight years? Instead of taking EVERY case to trial? Is that really what you want? Every single case to go to trial, with all the added expense, the empanelling of jurors, etc. Of course then you'll be on here about the jurors who didn't decide a case the way you want, or a lawyer who didn't do something the way you want. I always love the people who come out after the fact and have all these ideas about what should have happened. Nine times out of ten they don't know what already happened.

chief21 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

FUTURE TIMES: Saying " everyone deserves a third chance" , Patton to be released on 2 years probation.

JohnQPublic1 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

The company that owns the apartments needs to EVICT the tenants that threw the party.  

Secondly, since no one is holding Robbie Patton accountable or our justice system accountable......The families of the murdered young man and the victims wounded need to sue:  

1. Parole and the Illinois Department of Corrections 

2. The judge 

3. The States Attorney 

4. The apartment complex owners 

5. Any person who ILLEGALLY gave Robbie Patton the gun.  If it was a straw purchase, arrest the person who legally bought it and gave it to Robbie 

if it was another felon that sole it and sold it or gave it to Robbie Patton, then sue him. 

I hate suing.  But no one is accountable anymore.  They just shrug their shoulders.  MAKE THEM ACCOUNTABLE.....stress them out with suing them. 

rsp wrote on September 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Under what grounds can they sue any of these entities? Just curious.

uhs1980 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Police better not pull him over when they find him,  aaron.o.ammons will cry racial profiling, and that the police are racist.

JohnQPublic1 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Not only that............but he will find a way to put some blame the Urbana Police Department for all this mess.  

Faculty Member wrote on September 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

The combination of guns, young people, alcohol, and drugs is a volatile mix.  If a gun had not been on the scene, this young man might have responded in a different way, possibly in other violent ways, but probably in a way that would not have cost another young man his life.  Now the shooter will end up in jail, too, another tragic loss of his life's potential.

Why can we not pass laws to curtail the availability of guns and protect our young people -- all our young people -- and everyone in our community?  The human cost is too enormous for us to ignore the need for stronger gun control. 

CommonSenseless wrote on September 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

and there it is.....that didn't take long.  Tthis puke was already breaking several "gun" laws before he broke several more by shooting at anyone.  Why is every shooting a place for you gun control imbociles to pull your head out of the sand?  Why is it so hard to understand that CRIMINALS BREAK THE LAWS?  When someone is arrested with heroin (a potentially lethal substance) do you call for more ways it is written that heroin is illegal?  Your point is completely illogical.  Do you ever stop to think how empowered this thug felt knowing there was a high likelyhood no one else would be armed because of the current gun laws?

Don Mega wrote on September 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

THE ONLY THING THAT STOPS A BAD GUY WITH A GUN IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN

 

AMIRIGHT?

CommonSenseless wrote on September 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm


Your sarcasm not withstanding, it is the probability that the victim "could" shoot back that changes the equation.  As it is, the probability is extremely low based upon the notion the victim would be an upstanding citizen.  Sharks don't attack other sharks. 

If the norm were reversed, where upstanding citizens had a HIGH probability of returning fire, the decision process in even the most uneducated thug brain would register doubt of success.  Furthermore, since the officials in this state don't enforce the current gun laws with any testicular fortitude, why would more laws make a difference?

On the Left side of town, you have a councilman advocating the suspension of vehicle safety law to dispell a perceived slight.  Maybe we try that with all laws and see what happens.

Don Mega wrote on September 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

If norms were reversed you would have gun-nuts shooting at shopplifters in Wal-Mart parking lots..

CommonSenseless wrote on September 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

I think you missed the point about law abiding citizens.  It is not, nor has it ever been, the duty of a concealed carry authorized citizen to be the police.  In fact, if you would take the time to go through the class, it is prohibited.  However, if the same shoplifter produces a lethal weapon upon being called out by store personnel and threatened you or someone else with lethal force, then the "gun nuts" should take action.  If and when that occurs, the armed citizen is still responsible for their actions.  They must be aware of their surroundings and what is down range from the target.

Take a class, then comment.

CallSaul wrote on September 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Um, even people who haven't taken the class to parade around armed in public can comment on the wisdom of a bunch of randos all parading around armed in public, ready to shoot whoever they decide is a 'bad guy.'

Some people don't agree that a wild west approach is a good idea or believe the moronic slogan that 'an armed society is a polite society.'

Are you seriously arguing that more people shooting off their guns in that parking lot would have led to an improved outcome? That is nonsense and the cops would beg to differ.

CommonSenseless wrote on September 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

No, read the thread again.  It began as a response to a gun control advocate with diarhea of the mouth.  To your comment......who is "parading" around?  Certainly not those with concealed carry permits.  The criminals in this town certainly feel comfortable doing it.

 

The bad choices by our government leading to this animal being on the street are what facilitated this tragedy.  The association of problem solving with violence preciptated the events last weekend and many more like it. The problem is far more sytemic than a simple notion of gun control.  Until people deconstruct this thug culture that surrounds us, no one will be safe.

CallSaul wrote on September 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

You asserted that more guns in the crowd would have made the shooter less likely to shoot because he would have feared being shot back at. That threat would only be credible if there were people in the crowd who had guns and would have been ready and willing to shoot back at him. 

CommonSenseless wrote on September 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

I made no such assertion.  I implied that if our state and current laws weren't so backward he would not have been so sure about return fire.  For decades the criminal culture could count on law abiding citizens being unarmed. 

And your arguement is flawed, the presumtion of unarmed victims is faciliated by legislation.  His perceived risk is determined by the probablity that it exists and unrelated to there being acual risk. 

If you completely reverse it, being armed with a concealed weapon is required by law, does his perception of risk diminish if after the fact it is revealed that no one was armed?  No!

CallSaul wrote on September 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Uh, Illinois has concealed carry - the gun nuts won that one. So by your logic he should already have been too askeered to shoot off his gun. And what about fear from others having guns even if not legal? Shouldn't he already have been afraid of retaliation and shouldn't that have stopped him from shooting?

But maybe we're not concealed carrying hard enough? We need more swaggering armed randos making sure everyone knows they're packing steel and then poof: no more crime. Yah, that's it.

Concealed carry can never fail. It can only be failed.

C'mon gunnutz: concealed carry harder, dangit!

Cuthbert J. Twillie wrote on September 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Name one LOCAL officer who is opposed to CCW.

CallSaul wrote on September 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Why should I feel compelled to do that?

CommonSenseless wrote on September 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Congratulations, you were able to use the internet to find an instance that supports your point of view.  I bet you took an advanced level class or two.....

Anyone can find single data points to fit ther model.  Try searching the antithesis of your point of view.

How about I pick Drew Petersen and globally apply his attributes to all police in an arguement to abolish law enforcement? 

KWolfe wrote on September 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

 

 

SaintClarence27 wrote on September 29, 2016 at 9:09 am

It certainly took longer than the racism.

drewbert41 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Our justice system is pathetic. Continually soft on gun crime. If you think it is a good idea to open fire at a restraunt then you need to be locked away from society for a large portion of your life. Period.

Our cops however, do a great job. I know I would not want to deal with the stuff that they do on a regular basis.

So please do not re elect any of these people. While you are at it do not re elect any career politician who has been ruining our State for the past several years either.

tmac0000 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Can anyone just say GANG SHOOTING? Call it what it is. Is the city of Champaign or U of I afraid that we'll stop sending our innocent young adults down there? We should think twice.

Cuthbert J. Twillie wrote on September 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

 

Saul----------------------------------

 

Name the officers who said that...............

 

name one in the press conference today who said that.

 

just one.

CallSaul wrote on September 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

You're really going to question whether police, or the vast majority of people who aren't gun nuts, think more people shooting guns in that parking lot would have led to a better outcome?

Why would you take such a ridiculous position? Are you saying that you truly believe more people shooting off their guns in that parking lot that night would have led to a better outcome?

Or do you think this is just some brilliant rhetorical strategery?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/04/us/as-states-expand-gun-rights-police-...

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-police-guns-analysis-idUSKCN0ZZ0BQ

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-dallas-chief-20160711-snap-story.html

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/war-between-police-and-nra-open-...

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/11/open-carry-mass-shooting-col...

And for cops killed by some of those super responsible concealed carriers: http://concealedcarrykillers.org/law-enforcement-officers-killed-by-concealed-carry-killers/

CommonSenseless wrote on September 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

If taking steps to protect themselves and their families makes a person a "gun nut", does that make those that do not "cowards" "sheeple" or any other derogitory name?

Nowhere in these comments has anyone implied or asserted that more guns going off in that parking lot would have been a good thing.  You can't stick to the basic arguement so you try and diminish it through tangents.

CallSaul wrote on September 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Then what would be the point of having more armed swaggering randos parading around making sure everyone knows they're packing?

CommonSenseless wrote on September 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

And here is a link for you....

http://www.gunfacts.info/gun-control-myths/concealed-carry/

 

Liz wrote on September 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

We cannot blame our justice system for this.  The guy was convicted to a work camp probably because he is only 18 and the system was going to give him another chance.  Obviously he blew it.  All of this over a spilled drink, come on people, get control over yourself.  The girls who fought over a spilled drink need to go to anger management or get some serious help, maybe some meds would help them.  I wonder if they have children of their own, Lord help us if they do, as well as their idiot boyfriends.  Another generation of young people that can't control themselves and resorts to violence.    I'm sick of hearing about all these senseless shootings and violence in this community.  Of course no one saw anything!!!!!  As far as I'm concerned anyone that witnesses such horrific things and doesn't turn them in are no better than the idiots causing this caous in our community.  Oh and I'm curious, are any of the idiots involved, the girls, there stupid boyfriends and the idiot that did the shootting employed or at least attempting to make a life for themselves.  I know I wouldn't hire someone that can't even deal with a spilled drink.  The old saying " don't cry over spilled milk" .  I guess now it is don't shoot or beat someone up over spilled milk.   

wayward wrote on September 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm
JohnQPublic1 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Really?  you must have no concept of liabilty?  If you don't know, you probably will never understand. 

There is a ton of culpability on all sides.  The shooting would have never happened had there not been a huge underage drinking party. 

The shooting would not have happened if Robbie Patton was STILL IN PRISON!!!!!   DUH

Parole gets sued all the time.   9 months out of a 10 year sentence?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!

How the gun was obtained?  Do you really need an explanation on this?  Its pretty self explanitory. 

 

 

JohnQPublic1 wrote on September 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Really?  you must have no concept of liabilty?  If you don't know, you probably will never understand. 

There is a ton of culpability on all sides.  The shooting would have never happened had there not been a huge underage drinking party. 

The shooting would not have happened if Robbie Patton was STILL IN PRISON!!!!!   DUH

Parole gets sued all the time.   9 months out of a 10 year sentence?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!

How the gun was obtained?  Do you really need an explanation on this?  Its pretty self explanitory. 

 

 

KlaatuSansGort wrote on September 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

This article and the posts thus far would be at once heartbreaking and truly unsettling to any thinking person.

The article would suggest that an initial dispute over a “spilled drink” at a  party subsequently spilled over, with innocent citizens then literally bleeding over. One of those citizens bled to death.

Easily the most salient of many cruel ironies in this story is that he was to have started a career as a Registered Nurse on the very next workday. How many lives might he have favored, or even saved, in coming years but for the malignant behavior that too soon took him away?

The article and the posts might also document the progression of cultural decay. Yet more importantly they also document an apparent inability of an innocent citizenry to engage in critical thought. That progression of decay can only be delayed – if at last it cannot be defeated – by bringing critical thought to bear.

Information is the fuel of informed intellect. In this situation, as in too many others, there remains the essential question of whether informed intellect is an engine that can be restarted. This article and its posts are a worthy example.

The article and the posts apparently refer to Champaign County case 15-CF-1773. In that case the named defendant was sentenced to so-called “Boot Camp” in lieu of serving a sentence of 8 years in prison. The article goes on to “report” that a certain judge “recommended” the defendant for boot camp. The article also would “report” that the defendant was released from boot camp within a matter of weeks before the shooting last weekend.

Here is where any force of critical thought would ever raise what would be an eternally pesky head:

At the time that defendant was sentenced, the “recommendation” of a judge that a defendant participate in boot camp was subject to the overriding discretion of the Illinois Department of Corrections. The judge who “recommended” that defendant for boot camp was therefore at most only a link in a chain of Illinois governmental offices in any of three constitutional branches.

Any tacit position in the article that what happened on Green Street over the weekend is due to the failure of a trial judge is folly.

Of course, existing in an intellectual wading pool is safe. Depth in any sense can be scary.

Yet any informed observer might at the very least suggest that the sentencing judge is far from any proverbial weakest link, albeit that the whole chain is perhaps sadly infirm.

Let us, and each of us, in all events remain mindful that the young American who “got his picture in the paper” today is presumed to be innocent of the crimes with which he has now been charged.

That head of critical thought is pesky indeed, and it properly looks in all directions.

 

Cuthbert J. Twillie wrote on September 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

I am going to guess that if a Judge  ( in this case Difanis) recommended DOC bootcamp they would ok it............. the real question is how did he only get sentenced for shooting a gun at a resturant full of people at 5pm on the busiest street in Champaign County, only get 8 years.  Anything more and he would not have been eligable for boot camp.........................

 

but you do remember that the Black Caucus of the ILGA is against mandatory prison sentences for gun crimes.   where is State Rep Ammons on this issue?  Is she in favor of mandatory prison sentences with NO boot camp?

Chambanacitizen wrote on October 04, 2016 at 9:10 pm

You should consider a blog. If I have to scroll more than 3x to read your post.. it's too long.

Liz wrote on September 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm


We have too many victims in this world.  Life is NOT fair and if you were raised to believe that,it was a lie.  God gave us the ability to make decisions, we are not animals.  Their are too many people that have no regard for life. 

 

A young man who had a future because he worked hard to get there was killed and it started with a spilled drink.  By a bunch of scum bags that probably will end up not taking responsbility for their own lives.  It all starts at home with family.  A lot of people are affected by the actions of a party and a spilled drink.  The girls that lost their minds over a spilled drink need to be held accountable for this as well as their boyfriends. Who does that, idiot scumbags......... 

So sad we are unable to control this.
 

 

OffTheBusRunning wrote on September 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

Accountability is dead. YOU trigger me with your behavior, speech, etc. I am not responsible for my own thoughts, feelings, actions--they are uncontrollable results of how others treat me. This is what is being taught in our dysfunctionally PC hyper-sensitive culture.

Part of the decline/destabilization/destruction of the black community is the fact that over 70% of black children are born to single mothers, and are raised in situations wholly lacking in parental involvement. They are raised and developed by the prevailing culture, not by their parents. There's little political/societal/social justice willingness to address this reality, so you may as well settle in for the long haul--it's doubtful this situation will change in the coming years, and will probably only get worse.

 

fuddrules wrote on September 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm

They are wanting to make sure they are not showing any implicit bias.   Our prisons are full of young men like this Patton fellow.   They are simply misunderstood and are just lashing out at all of the implicit bias they face.   

 

Truth be known, you're really the person at fault for this.   Mr. Patton is a victim of our society. You Should feel guilty. 

 

In in a few years, at most, this is what you will be told to believe. 

John Joseph wrote on September 28, 2016 at 11:09 pm

Are we really to believe that a spilled drink is to blame for this melee and subsequent murder?  Not surprisingly the oversimplification of the cause is supposed to put all of us at ease. 

 

Let's examine the backgrounds of everyone, man and woman, associated with the ruckus.  Most law abiding citizens don't brawl over a spilled drink.  There's more to it. 

 

Perhaps the ensuing fights involved habitual criminals, and dare we say, gang affiliations?  Can anyone explain to me why Mr. Patton has RUSTONE and two 5 point stars tattooed on his chest? 

 

I'll tell you, because he's a stone- love, truth, peace, freedom and justice....anyone?  The 5 points of the star. 

 

Peace, prosperity, people, power, progress.... 

 

Black P Stone, Chicago based and now locally grown.  Wake up people, until we get a grip on the gang problem murder will continue and innocent people will die.  It's called problem solving, identify the problem then you can solve it. 

 

Criminal streetgangs, aka urban terrorists, are the problem.  Eradicate them and you will see a difference.

 

Who needs to step it up in gang crime enforcement?  Everyone from the law enforcement end to the prosecution to the judiciary.  If this were my case everyone associated with the Champaign branch of the ABPSN would be under investigation and those who played a part prosecuted.  Not just one guy, the whole damn organization.  That's how you eradicate them from your community.

 

But you have to be educated to do this, those who are know about people and folks.  You dig?        

 

 

wayward wrote on September 29, 2016 at 12:09 am

There was an interesting article some years ago in the N-G about Chicago razing its public housing projects, forcing some residents to move downstate in search of affordable housing. This has caused some problems for C-U, Danville, Rantoul, and other communities.
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/state/2005-08-14/public-housing-migrati...

It seems like people who are involuntarily transplanted to a new area are likely to continue behaving in a way that seems normal to them. In some cases, being in a gang might be normal behavior for the Chicago public housing residents forced to move South. So now groups like the P Stones have a presence in C-U.

I doubt this is really a race-based trait. For example, if poor whites from a depressed part of West Virginia where being unemployed was the norm got transplanted to C-U, many of them might have a hard time finding and keeping jobs.

People who relocate voluntarily, e.g. immigrants, often seem to be motivated to do what they need to do to be successful.

sanjuan wrote on September 29, 2016 at 7:09 am

Let's simplify this.  Someone knows where Patton is.  They aren't coming forward.  Let's incentivize that.  The $1,000 typically promoted as a possible Crime Stoppers Award isn't enough to risk life and limb for many witnesses.  How about the university step up and take the lead in creating a larger rewward fund to find this guy.  Money talks.   Should it be this way?  Of course not.  But let's do something constrtuctive to help bring this guy to justice.  We can settle all of society's ills later.

Citizen1 wrote on September 29, 2016 at 8:09 am

Best comment to date.  This guy is out there.  Armed.  Support the police and help find him. 

John Joseph wrote on September 29, 2016 at 9:09 am

It should be simple and L E should have a rapport with the stones.  Payout not necessary if this were the case-his own would turn him in.  

JamBam wrote on September 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Since when do criminals obey gun laws? Or any laws for that matter?   Chicago has a gun ban. It's at 500+ murders and counting this year. Making prohibition laws have never curtailed the availability of anything. 

We've already criminalized the act of possessing an unregistered firearm.  That does not keep criminals who are intent on committing murder and mayhem from getting those weapons.  

Bulldogmojo wrote on September 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm

 

I thought the argument for concealed carry getting passed in Illinois was that criminals wouldn't know who was carrying and that would reduce the crime rate?

FAIL

The NRA spends millions making sure that criminals have ample loopholes to get all the guns they want which the New York times studied and found out most come from states surrounding Illinois with weaker gun laws. Go figure!

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/29/us/where-50000-guns-in-chicago-came-from.html?_r=0

FAIL

If you lose a gun as long as you report it stolen you're off scott free, no responsibility for what crimes that gun will be used for.

FAIL

You so called good guys with guns rarely seem to be around or relied on to actually use your self annointed white hat roll to intervene.

FAIL

 

oasomera wrote on September 30, 2016 at 10:09 am
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Darn, pulling up your hoodie is supposed to keep you anonymous!

Bulldogmojo wrote on September 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm

 

Oh look her's one for the anti-BLM harpies 

White Atlanta Lawyer Shoots and Kills Wife, Blames His Fear of Black Lives Matter

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/09/30/1576404/-Man-shoots-wife-in-back-blames-his-fear-of-Black-Lives-Matter

(and BTW they let him go)

So all you have to do apparently is click your heels together three times and say "there's no fear like BLM, there's no fear like BLM, there's no fear like BLM"

smartical wrote on October 02, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Two comments. Two different people. Learn to read. 

Bulldogmojo wrote on October 03, 2016 at 8:10 pm

 

Two comments, same type of bumper stick postings, no need to make a distinction. You keep banging on and I'll keep mocking you (all)

smartical wrote on October 06, 2016 at 10:10 am

Two different people, two different comments. Learn to read. 

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