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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00533
Judge: John F. Kness
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Cook County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Chicago, IL: Criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with carjacking and firearm felony.
Michael C. Pearson, age 19, forcibly took a 2006 Buick Lucerne from two victims in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. During the carjacking, Pearson fired a pistol in the direction of a passenger of the vehicle.
“Carjackers have terrorized the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs for the past few years,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Albert Berry III argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum. “The community as a whole – victims, witnesses, society, and perpetrators – need to know that the federal system takes the crime of carjacking seriously and will justly punish those that commit the heinous offense.”
According to evidence in the case, Pearson and his associate pointed a firearm at the owner of the Buick and took her keys. Pearson’s associate got into the driver’s seat and drove away, with Pearson in the front seat and a victim in the back seat. Pearson fired the pistol in the direction of the victim. The bullet missed the victim and struck the roof of the Buick. Pearson’s associate crashed the vehicle and Pearson ran from the vehicle.
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT - CARJACKING
VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN
Outcome: The defendant pleaded guilty to count(s) 1 and 2 of the indictment. The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of: 30 months as to Count 1 of the Indictment. 120 months as to Count 2 of the Indictment, term to be served consecutive to Count 1. The defendant is remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of: 3 years as to Count 1 of the Indictment. 4 years as to Count 2 of the Indictment, term to be served concurrently to Count 1. Criminal Monetary Penalties. Schedule of Payments. Preliminary Order of Forfeiture.