We hear from the 23rd District Court Advocates that Dennis Dawson, who mugged and beat an 85-year-old Uptown resident in the elevator of his home on the 4500 block of Sheridan, was sentenced to 11 years in prison today, to be followed by three years of probation.
Judge Stanley Sacks accepted a plea bargain agreement between the public defender and state's attorney. At the ripe old age of 35, Mr. Dawson, previously of the 900 block of Lawrence, has an extensive rap sheet, including seven felonies. He'll have a good long time in prison to reflect on his life's journey so far and we hope he makes some better decisions upon his release.
Further good news: The elderly gentleman who was the victim of the crime suffered no permanent injuries from the attack.
We commend, again, our 23rd District police for their excellent work in identifying and arresting Mr. Dawson so quickly after the crime, and State's Attorney Joy Repella for overseeing the case from beginning to end. Kudos to the court advocates of the 20th and 23rd Districts for following this case as it wound its way through the court system, and to Emerald Towers management for having security cameras in place, which aided the police in identifying Mr. Dawson as the offender after the tapes were played at roll call.