VIDEO, Millionaire Gang Leader Receives 9 Year Sentence for Northwest Side Shooting

The gang leader who blew his multimillion-dollar settlement from his wrongful conviction lawsuit by using the money to rejuvenate the Simon City Royals was sentenced Thursday to a little more than nine years in prison for a brazen daylight shooting on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

A federal judge imposed the nine-year, two-month sentence after prosecutors played a graphic video for the first time publicly showing Thaddeus Jimenez calmly shoot an ex-gang member in both thighs as he cruised the Irving Park neighborhood in his Mercedes convertible on a muggy morning in the summer of 2015.

Jimenez’s cohort Jose Roman, who recorded the shooting from the front passenger seat of the Mercedes with his iPhone, was sentenced to a little more than seven years in prison after his attorney portrayed him as “more of a hanger-on” because of Jimenez’s money.

Video Here: An iPhone video recorded Aug. 17, 2015, by Jose Roman, gang associate of Thaddeus Jimenez, shows the two men driving through the Irving Park neighborhood before Jimenez shoots Earl Casteel, a onetime gang member. Jimenez and Roman pleaded guilty in the case.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber imposed both sentences following their guilty pleas to a single federal weapons count. Each still faces charges in Cook County criminal court for the shooting of Earl Casteel, 33.

Prosecutors had sought the maximum 10-year prison term for Jimenez, while Jimenez’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, sought a sentence of about 3 1/2 years in prison, noting that his client had already spent 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

Jimenez made no statement to the judge before his sentencing, but Roman apologized “to the guy who got shot,” saying his own poor choices and a lifetime in gangs had led him down a dark path.

Leinenweber asked Roman what he had planned to do with the video of the shooting if he had not been captured first.

“I wasn’t in the right state of mind, your honor, That’s all I can say,” Roman said.

Jimenez’s cohort Jose Roman, who recorded the shooting from the front passenger seat of the Mercedes with his iPhone, was sentenced to a little more than seven years in prison after his attorney portrayed him as “more of a hanger-on” because of Jimenez’s money.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber imposed both sentences following their guilty pleas to a single federal weapons count. Each still faces charges in Cook County criminal court for the shooting of Earl Casteel, 33.

Prosecutors had sought the maximum 10-year prison term for Jimenez, while Jimenez’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, sought a sentence of about 3 1/2 years in prison, noting that his client had already spent 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

Jimenez made no statement to the judge before his sentencing, but Roman apologized “to the guy who got shot,” saying his own poor choices and a lifetime in gangs had led him down a dark path.

Leinenweber asked Roman what he had planned to do with the video of the shooting if he had not been captured first.

“I wasn’t in the right state of mind, your honor, That’s all I can say,” Roman said.

Prosecutors said the two planned to post the video on social media to strengthen the gang’s reputation — an allegation Roman denied.

As he was led from the courtroom following his sentencing, Jimenez, wearing a baggy orange jail jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles, blew a kiss to his girlfriend at the back of the packed gallery. Continue Reading
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