Thursday, December 31, 2009

Illinois: Victim still suffers, but early-release attacker was free

On her 36th birthday last year, Chicagoan Jennifer Hall, who had hair down to her waist, was attacked by Derrick Hall and another man. After the assault she awakened from a drug-induced coma bald and with 85 staples in her head. And toothless.

What brought on the assault? Hall and her boyfriend were asked if they had any cigarettes. They didn't.

From the Chicago Tribune:

When King, 48, pleaded guilty this October to two criminal charges in the attack and was sentenced to three years in prison, Hall and Hoffman thought he wouldn't be able to harm anyone else -- at least for a while.

But just 18 days after that plea, state records show, King was paroled as part of the early-release program that Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday called "a big mistake." And the next day, King allegedly threatened another woman, near the same place he attacked Hall, yelling, "Remember the couple who got beat real bad for not giving a cigarette? That was me," police said.

Arrested again, King is back in prison after being charged with assault. Despite the three-year sentence for the attack on Hall, King was released from prison after receiving credit for serving a little more than 13 months in Cook County Jail. He was one of more than 1,700 inmates released from Sept. 16 to Dec. 13 under the Department of Corrections' accelerated Meritorious Good Time Program.

Meanwhile, the last year has been difficult for Hall.

For the rest of the story, click here. Warning--graphic image.

Hall has difficulty speaking--sometimes her jaw falls out of joint. She has seizures, and nerve damage limits the use of her left foot.

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