Barack Obama freed a lot of lifers from prison such as Alton Mills, of Evergreen Park in Illinois. Obama and Elizabeth Warren were enamored with this man and they bragged about giving him his freedom.
Now, it looks like he is about to get another life sentence after he fired shots into a vehicle in a road rage incident.
Mills was in front of the other car at a stoplight. The light turned green and Mills did not move, so the other car drove around him.
When he got caught up with the other car, he fired shots into the Explorer. One of those shots hit a woman sleeping in the back seat, leaving her brain dead and could lead to her death.
Thank heavens he was freed from a life sentence because if not, who could have shot up the Explorer and essentially cost this woman her life? Elizabeth Warren did a photo op with Mills after his release and she made the following statement:
This morning I met Alton Mills, a man who had served 22 years of a mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense until President Obama recently commuted his sentence.
Alton’s story reminds me: It’s not justice when someone who needs help can go away for life for selling crack on the street, but a bank executive who launders hundreds of millions of dollars for drug cartels can pay a fine and sleep in his own bed at night.
There is one set of laws on the books, but two legal systems — and the American people expect better. We need to straighten out the criminal justice system and reform drug enforcement practices that do nothing but destroy lives and communities.
“A bullet struck a woman sleeping in the Explorer’s back seat in the head, Morrissey said. The Explorer’s front passenger told police that the shooter was an older black man with a salt-and-pepper beard. She also took a blurry picture of the gunman’s license plate and recorded a video in which she read the license plate number out loud.”
The Explorer’s driver reportedly sped to a Chicago Fire Department station, and called the police. The woman who was shot was rushed to the hospital. The Daily Mail reported the woman was brain-dead, and not expected to survive.
Illinois State Police reviewed license plate reader data from the area of the shooting, and suspected Mills to be involved in the crime.
Investigators executed search warrants on Mills’ home and vehicle on Monday. They discovered 40-caliber bullets in his bedroom – the same caliber used in the shooting – and his car tested positive for gunshot residue, Morrissey stated.
Morrissey informed Judge Carroll that Mills “made admissions that he did the shooting.” She added that the 54-year-old ex-convict inflicted “great bodily harm and soon death” on the victim.
Mills is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder. He is being held without bond at the Cook County Jail. He faces his second sentence of life in prison.
In 1994, Mills received a life sentence in prison for trafficking cocaine. The crime was his third felony conviction.
Previously, Democrats lauded Mills as an example of the benefits of criminal justice reform.
In 2018, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) shared Mills’ story on the Senate floor and made him the face of the First Step Act – a prison reform bill to lower recidivism rates.