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The victim was shot with his own gun. This is the most shocking revelation in the criminal complaint against alleged "Good Samaritan Killer" Devon Derrick Parker, charged with the murder of 69-year-old Vietnam War vet Thomas Sonnenberg. In addition to being a vet and a longtime home owner (reportedly trapped by his mortgage in a high crime neighborhood) neither Sonnenberg nor his wife ever had so much as a charge of a speeding ticket. He was known as a helpful and soft-hearted man whose last earthly act...
...was to let a 20-year-old man inside his homestead when that man, apparently a complete stranger to Sonnenberg or no more than a "known face" in the neighborhood, came to the door pleading for help and asserting he was being chased by a gang of men with baseball bats.
Sonnenberg not only offered the man protection of his home but the protection of his gun and military training, instantly taking in the stranger and calling 911. Sonnenberg was wearing a holstered gun, which he reportedly always wore. Sonnenberg locked the door. A 911 call was placed. Some of the cockamamy story told by Devon Parker of being chased by a gang was apparently captured in the recording of the 911 call.
When the police showed up Sonnenberg was dead, his wife had been assaulted, and the assailant (still trapped in the house after Sonnenberg had locked the door) surrendered to police.
The victim's gun, loaded except for one expended round, was found upstairs under a bed.
Decent Northsiders who have seen almost everything are besides themselves with fury over this shocking incident which falls outside the usual pattern of criminal-on-criminal violence or the OTHER usual pattern of small children in close proximity to criminal activity who are hit by stray bullets.
Parker was a convicted violent felon who, incredibly, had been released by Honorable Judge Fred Karasov some days earlier after an admitted violation of terms of probation. The tale of the release is told in dry little notations on MNCIS, as follows.
2/23/2013 Notice of Appearance (Judicial Officer: Karasov, Fred ) 12/30/2013 Probation Violation 12/30/2013 Warrant Issued 12/30/2013 Warrant Cleared by Wt Office 12/31/2013 Probation Violation Hearing (1:30 PM) (Judicial Officer Quaintance, Kathryn L.) Result: Held 12/31/2013 Interim Condition for Parker, Devon Derrick - Post bond 01/23/2014 Hearing (2:30 PM) (Judicial Officer Karasov, Fred) 01/15/2014 Reset by Court to 01/23/2014 Result: Held 01/23/2014 Interim Condition for Parker, Devon Derrick - Post bond 01/23/2014 Probation Violation Admitted (Judicial Officer: Karasov, Fred ) 01/31/2014 Probation Violation Hearing (10:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Karasov, Fred) Result: Held 01/31/2014 Warrant Issued
The crime at issue was some kind of "crime against transit operation." A "third degree assault, substantial bodily harm" case for which Parker was ALSO on probation was wrapped into that same hearing in front of Judge Karasov.
Despite ADMITTED parole violations on January 23, Parker was released by the judicial system to commit the cold blooded murder of a war vet and good Samaritan, plus assault the man's wife inside their home (allegedly)).
Ironically, few judges have as much military background as Judge Fred Karasov, who is a Gulf War vet. JNS blog suspects this matter weighs heavily on the soul of Honorable Judge Karasov and I have elected to reign in my criticism. It appears, however, a terrible miscalculation has been made by the judicial system. Parker should have been in jail but instead he was out on the streets to commit murder, allegedly.
It should be noted Parker is "Facebook friends" with baby-faced gang banger Glenn Smith, whose release a few days ago after charges stemming from an alley shooting incident where a 74-year-old man was hit in the face is equally inexplicable.