Three plead guilty in videotaped Wrigleyville beating
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE April 17, 2013 2:16PM
Donald Robinson / Photo provided by Chicago police.
Updated: April 17, 2013 2:26PM
Three men charged with a July 2012 beating in Wrigleyville that left four injured — including a police officer — and was filmed as a part of a rap video were sentenced to probation.
Corry Simmons, 32, and Donald Robinson Jr., 31, both of the 1800 block of South Ridgeway; pleaded guilty Monday to mob action and aggravated battery, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
They were each sentenced to two years of probation and court fines.
Alvin L. Goffin pleaded guilty to mob action in the case and was sentenced to one year of probation, Simonton said.
Three men — ages 22, 27 and 27 — were hurt when a group of men attacked them in the 3400 block of North Sheffield Avenue about 1 a.m. on July 9, 2012, according to Chicago police.
Witnesses said the attackers got out of a white stretch limo and began battering people standing nearby on the street, police said. The witnesses said people inside the limo were filming the attackers as they punched the victims.
Goffin, Simmons, Donald Robinson Jr. and a fourth man, Edward Robinson, were arrested when witnesses pointed them out to police near the scene. Simmons got into a scuffle with police as he was taken into custody, and an officer suffered a minor injury, police said.
Prosecutors said the four began beating people “for no apparent reason,” and one of the victims had his jaw broken in the melee, police said.
But relatives claimed the four were simply filming a rap video when they were taunted by passersby with racial slurs.
During bond proceedings, defense attorneys said the video would prove that they were being taunted. A relative said someone grabbed one of the men, who had borrowed the limo from a friend to film the video — and had chosen Wrigleyville for a “celebratory shot.”
Edward Robinson, also of the 1800 block of South Springfield, was also charged with mob action and aggravated battery, police said.