By Annie Sweeney, Sun-Times
Darnell Robinson has stood on corners selling dope. He has hung out at gang hot spots and has been caught carrying a weapon, court records show.
But things got a lot more serious on April 18, when he shot and wounded a man on a North Side street in a gang dispute, police said.
Robinson doesn't shy from his past -- but he denies he shot anyone that night.
Years ago, he ran with the Conservative Vice Lords street gang, he said in an interview from the Cook County Jail. His brother also was in a gang. Both sold drugs and even did time together at the same state prison.
But Darnell Robinson has also earned his GED and held down several jobs -- one paying $12.50 an hour at a shipping and delivery company. He'd been working at a restaurant until his arrest.
Robinson, 31, said he aged out of the gang and had no reason to shoot anyone April 18. "I'm not in the streets like that any more,'' he said, adding that he got tired of going to jail. "You still know the people, [but] you don't run the streets with them. ... I didn't hear anybody get shot. I didn't see anybody get shot.'' Continue Reading