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Alleged Gang Leader Who Was Awarded $25 Million For Wrongful Murder Conviction, Charged In Chicago Shooting

August 21, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Alleged Gang Leader Who Was Awarded $25 Million For Wrongful Murder Conviction, Charged In Chicago Shooting

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A reputed gang leader who won a whopping $25 million verdict just three years ago for his wrongful murder conviction was paying out $50,000 recruitment bonuses along with guns and cars to bring new members into his gang, Cook County prosecutors alleged Wednesday.

Thaddeus Jimenez, 36, who prosecutors allege heads the Simon City Royals gang, was charged in a brazen Monday morning shooting of a former gang member who had refused Jimenez’s recruitment efforts, authorities said.

Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Jimenez and Jose Roman, 22, also a reputed gang member who prosecutors said was with Jimenez, held without bail.

Prosecutors charged that Jimenez shot a former Simon City Royals member, 33, who had “steadfastly refused” Jimenez’s efforts to lure him back into the gang after he had been inactive for four years and moved away.

The victim was visiting a friend in the 3500 block of Belle Plaine Avenue when he went outside to move his car about 11:20 a.m. Monday. Jimenez pulled up in a gray convertible 2013 Mercedes-Benz 500 Series with the top down, pulled out an “electric blue” semi-automatic handgun — the Royals’ gang color — and pointed it at the man’s head, said Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto.

“He said he should just shoot him right there,” Scaduto said.

Jimenez then shot him in both legs, shattering his thigh bones, she said.

Jimenez, driving on a suspended license, sped away, Scaduto said. An unmarked police SUV in the area for an unrelated gang activity call began following the Mercedes, she said.

Jimenez ran a red light at Irving Park and Central Park roads, prompting police to activate the SUV’s lights and sirens, Scaduto said. Jimenez crashed into a parked car on St. Louis Avenue and fled on foot, dropping his .380-caliber handgun in a front yard, she said. He was arrested by police in the 3800 block of North Elston Avenue.

Roman, who was carrying a Mossberg rifle loaded with 23 live rounds, also ran from police but was arrested nearby after tossing the rifle, Scaduto said.

Jimenez, who goes by the nickname Batman, has more than a dozen vehicles registered to him, many of them luxury cars like Lamborghinis, BMWs and a Bentley, according to state records.

Prosecutors asked that both men be held without bail, saying each was already free on bond on other pending charges.

In urging bail be set, Jimenez’s attorney, Scott Frankel, tried to tell the judge about Jimenez’s wrongful conviction at 13 for murder, but prosecutors objected. Frankel then attempted to reference a post about his client on the Second City Cop blog, but prosecutors objected again and Chiampas cut him off.

Jimenez lives in Des Plaines and works at a towing company, Frankel told the judge.

The judge, referring to the “egregiousness” of the offense, ordered both held without bail. She barred both from any contact with victims or witnesses.

“Absolutely,” Jimenez replied sarcastically, drawing a few laughs in the courtroom.

As Jimenez walked from the courtroom, his mother, Victoria, called out, “Love you, baby.”

Jimenez kissed his fingers and said, “I love you too.”

His mother declined to comment as she left the courtroom.

About a dozen young supporters of her son then surrounded her, blocking her from TV cameras as she left the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

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