Life Sentence For Man Who Terrorized Oak Forest Family

MARKHAM, Ill. (STMW) — A convicted felon was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his role in a 2006 home invasion in which the homeowner and his family were terrorized at gunpoint by offenders who mistakenly believed there were drugs and money stashed in the house.

Charles Lawson, 31, of Chicago, was convicted of home invasion and aggravated kidnapping charges in connection with the 2006 incident in southwest suburban Oak Forest, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Lawson was eligible for the life sentence because of two prior Class X felony convictions — for armed robbery in 1998 and 2003 — and Judge James Rhodes imposed the sentence at the Markham Courthouse, a release from the state’s attorney’s office said.

According to prosecutors, Lawson and two other men targeted the 46-year-old homeowner as he was entering his front door because they mistakenly believed there were money and drugs were in the home, where the victim lived with his wife, three daughters and 82-year-old father.

Around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2006, the victim was returning home after going to the store and as he unlocked the front door, Lawson and Jason Thomas pointed guns at his head and forced their way inside the home.

The daughters, 17, 15 and 7, were forced at gunpoint into the basement to the bedroom of their 82–year-old grandfather, who was asleep, according to prosecutors. Lawson took one of the girls to look for money and drugs with the third suspect, Dornell Hicks.

When the homeowner’s wife, who was asleep upstairs, woke up and heard the commotion, she called police and the three suspects fled, but were later apprehended by police.

Hicks was convicted in 2008 of home invasion and aggravated kidnapping, and also sentenced to life

in prison. Thomas pleaded guilty in 2009 to home invasion and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Patrick Michaels

    And how many other crimes did this model citizen commit that he was never caught doing? And if the poor innocent homeowners would have done something to these low lifes, the liberals would have wanted them prosecuted for violating their rights.


    This man and the millions more of his kind are the reason we should still have the Death Penalty.

  • Centurion

    If only he could have embezzled A million dollars from…oh lets say the Mark Twain foundation…he could have gotten a mere 3 years…..a million dollars to spend…and some probation time….oh..and a million dollars to spend

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  • Alejandrisha White

    There are so many stories of black Africans commiting violent crimes in today’s news, it’s hard to keep track of all of these negros!!!

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