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Firefighters Fuming Over Ruling in Paramedic Attack

Even when the law is strict, the judge may be unreasonably lenient.

Was the judge unreasonable? According to the information in this article, which may not be entirely accurate, yes.


The Chicago Firefighters Union is expressing outrage that a man convicted of attacking two fire paramedics walked out of court this week with a virtual slap on the wrist.

Jonathan Soto of Bartlett was charged with four counts of aggravated battery for the 2011 incident, but a Cook County judge convicted him on only a lesser misdemeanor charge.[1]


What did Mr. Soto do?

“He was choking me,” she said. “He had me pinned in the back of the ambulance on our bench seat, choking me. … I couldn’t free his hands from me, so I was able to get my knees in between us and kick him off of me.”[1]


Should the use of deadly force be taken lightly?

he was charged with aggravated battery, a class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison.[1]


Apparently, the police did take this seriously.

In a brief bench trial this week, Judge James Linn listened to testimony but found Soto guilty of only a lesser reckless conduct charge. He sentenced him to a year of supervision, and 20 days of community service.[1]


Supervision by the court?

What does that mean?

Does he have to ask for permission to choke a paramedic next time?

How would the judge handle sentencing if Mr. Soto had been choking a judge?

Supervision and community service or a felony conviction with serious prison time to match the seriousness of the act?


[1] Firefighters Fuming Over Ruling in Paramedic Attack
Firefighter paramedics Margaret Heckman and Michelle Martinez were attacked by a man in May 2011

By Phil Rogers
Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
Updated 7:02 PM CST
5 NBC Chicago


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