Fatal shootings are commonplace in Chicago, but a homicide when a woman was shot 12 times and killed in Logan Square made headlines.
The Sun-Times reported the 33-year-old woman died after she was chased down and shot numerous times in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
The Sun-Times reported that Laquesha L. Holmes, was near Spaulding and Cortland when a black Dodge Charger with tinted windows approached her and a man got out.
The man chased Holmes down the street. He fired several shots into her, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The authorities said Holmes was shot 12 times. She was taken to Stroger Hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy found she died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The shooter fled the scene. Members of the community said the killing was believed to be a domestic incident.
A longstanding friend of Holmes, who lived close to her in the South Shore neighborhood described her as a “wonderful mother and person” to her four kids.
Domestic violence is common in Chicago. The City of Chicago states about a third of women in America report being physically abused by a boyfriend, husband or partner at some point in their lives.
About 30 percent of Americans know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past 12 months.
Although men may be victims of domestic violence, women are up to eight times more likely than men to become victims of attacks.
In Illinois, domestic violence may be a misdemeanor or a felony. It’s generally a Class A misdemeanor, carrying one a jail term of one year, probation, a fine, or another sentence.
Domestic violence becomes a Class 4 felony if the defendant's criminal history includes at least one previous conviction for domestic battery or if the crime falls under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act by including the following elements:
§ Battery using a firearm,
§ Battery involving a minor, or
§ Battery involving sexual assault
Class 4 felonies lead to a prison sentence of one to three years. Additionally, a prosecutor might request additional punishment based on the accused’s criminal history or the state's sentencing extension laws.
An aggravated domestic battery is a Class 2 felony in Illinois carrying a sentence of three to seven years in prison or probation. It can be charged when a defendant knowingly or intentionally causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to the victim or when a person committing domestic battery strangles another.
When a court grants a request for probation, the defendant must still serve at least 60 days in prison. A defendant with a previous conviction for aggravated domestic battery must receive a sentence of three to seven years in prison. The may be extended to 14 years if the prosecutor can meet the criteria established by state law.
Find out more about domestic violence charges here or call Abdallah Law at (312) 229-0008.