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Crime and Punishment

This distributing article appeared a few days ago and Streetsblog highlighted it last week. I copy and pasted the article here, making a few minor changes. My changes appear in red.
An 18-year-old Chicago man pleaded guilty today to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for intentionally stabbing a random man in Brookfield in 2009 while drunk shortly after his friend allegedly stabbed another random man.

Cook County Judge Carol Kipperman sentenced Armando Reza to 10 days in the county jail followed by two years of intensive probation that will require treatment for alcohol abuse and a strict curfew.

Assistant State's Attorney Mike Pattarozzi said had the case gone to trial, the evidence would have shown that about 6:30 a.m. on May 31, 2009, Reza and a friend, Erik Fabian, 20, of Chicago, were in Brookfield wielding a large butcher knife.

Fabian was allegedly wielding first and purposely stabbed one man before they stopped and exchanged the knife so Reza could take a turn. A short distance from the first incident, Reza stabbed a 34-year-old Brookfield man, knocking him to the ground near Maple Avenue and 31st Street.

They were arrested a short time later. Reza's blood alcohol level was .158, nearly twice the legal limit, Pattarozzi said.

Neither victim sustained life-threatening injuries. Fabian, who is also charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

As Streetsblog reports, both attackers got off with essentially a slap on the wrist. If the crime had played out in the way described above, would the judge given a slap-on-the-wrist 10-day sentence? Would society shrug as these guys went right back to the street?

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