CHICAGO, Ill (AP) – The boss of the Hobos, a notorious Chicago street gang, gets sentenced to 40 years in prison. U.S. District Judge John Tharp said Gregory “Bowlegs” Chester used his talents “to advance the cause of evil.”
Tharp said he considered a life sentence for Chester, the 40-year-old who jurors convicted of a conspiracy involving multiple homicides. Due to him not actually pulling the triggers in the deadly shootings, he was given a lesser sentence.
Chester had earlier asked the judge to, “Please have mercy on me.” His attorney had requested a 20-year sentence.
Judge Tharp mentioned Chester’s childhood in poverty and called him “intelligent and entrepreneurial.” He added, “Chester made a choice to use those talents to advance the cause of evil.”