In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico’s most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America.
A reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was to be sentenced Monday for his part in a $1 billion conspiracy to traffic narcotics to Chicago and other cities.
Steve Mandell might have been convicted in one of the grisliest and most lurid federal trials in Chicago’s recent history, but he deserves a “glimmer of hope that he will one day be free at an old age,” his attorney Francis Lipuma argues in a court filing ahead of Mandell’s sentencing next month.
A federal judge has sentenced Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford to probation and a fine for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.
Three days after being re-elected, Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford will learn if he’ll have to spend time behind bars for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.
Bethany McKee was convicted of two counts of murder in August, in the strangling deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, in January 2013.
A judge will decide whether to heed the prosecutors’ request that three protesters accused of plotting Molotov cocktail attacks at a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago serve more than a decade in prison.
Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it’s not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.
Raghuveer Nayak had previously pleaded guilty to federal health-care fraud charges, and faced up to 23 years in prison. On Monday he apologized before he was sentenced, asking the judge to have mercy on him and his family.
A Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribery is scheduled to be sentenced, and a federal judge may consider the man’s alleged role in the scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies avoided prison Monday, when he was sentenced to two years of probation for evading taxes by hiding millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account that contained more than $100 million at one time.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson will have to wait a bit longer to learn their fate in federal court, after a judge delayed their sentencing hearing on Monday.
The former comptroller in Dixon, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to 19 1/2 years in prison for embezzling $53 million from the town.
A political insider who became one of the government’s key witnesses in the corruption investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration was sentenced Thursday to 5 1/2 years in prison.
A federal judge agreed to delay the sentencing of a onetime Springfield powerbroker with ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a second time Wednesday because of health issues.
A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced Tony Rezko to 7 1/2 years in prison for a fraud conviction, but will allow him to serve it at the same time as his longer sentence in a separate case.
Members of the jury that convicted Rod Blagojevich of 17 corruption counts this past summer said they saw a very different man in court on Wednesday from the cocky, glad-handing politician they watched for more nearly two months at his trial.
After being dealt an early setback from the judge hearing his case, defense attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich made an impassioned plea for mercy at his sentencing hearing, drawing on his family’s own words about the devastating impact a long sentence would have on them.
One day before Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing was set to begin, federal prosecutors reasserted that the former governor has never accepted responsibility for his crimes and urged the judge to reject Blagojevich’s push for leniency.
A trial observer says the only thing deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich could say to help his cause during his sentencing hearing this week is, “I’m sorry.”