Saturday, September 17, 2011
Shock: Black kid called Shitavious becomes a criminal
Shitavious J. Cook, 15, has been arraigned on three counts of first-degree murder, which is punishable by life imprisonment. He was also charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm for a shotgun attack on a motorcyclist. On his first-degree murder charges, Cook is facing 20 to 60 years plus 25 years to life for shooting a firearm that was the proximate cause of death. If it can be proved that an individual personally fired a firearm that is a cause of a death, the larger enhancement of 25 to life is filed. According to Illinois law, defendants who are 15 and older are automatically tried as adults when charged with first-degree murder or any charges arising out of the same incident. The really amazing thing is that he apparently never tried to kill the parent or parents who were crazy enough to give him the name Shitavious.