Hate Crime, Armed Robbery Defendants Reject Plea Deal As Trial Date Reset

Both state and defense given more time to review evidence on the day a jury was to be picked.

Two southwest suburban men, facing a mandatory six to 30 years behind bars if convicted on charges of hate crime and armed robbery, turned down a plea deal Monday that included no jail time.

Prosecutors allege Mohammed Shaban and Akram Alshoweat were arrested for  in June 2010.

In exchange for a guilty plea, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office offered to reduce the robbery charges to theft and accept two years of probation. Both men, however, clad completely in black and gray dress, told the court they would not accept it.

Defense attorneys Michael Monaco and Gregg Smith contend the woman, a former Olympic Mixed Martial Arts fighter, was the aggressor in the fight. On more than one occasion, —

Assistant state’s attorney Mary Ann Jennings said the state got the woman’s permission before offering the defendants probation.

A jury trial slated to begin Monday was postponed again by Judge Colleen Ann Hyland, who has been presiding over the case for almost two years.

According to Monaco, another witness has come forward to make a statement. Jennings, meanwhile, said she only recently became aware of the woman’s Advocate Christ Hospital records, in spite of a police report stating she had not sought treatment following the fight.

Hyland admonished both parties for presenting new evidence this late in the case but reluctantly pushed back the trial date, setting the matter “in stone” for June 5.

In 1 Ear and Out Ur Mother... March 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Idiots. Hope now they get the book thrown at them. No place for that middle-eastern men superiority over women here in the US! 10 years each would be a nice round #
J March 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I hope they get the max. There should never be a plea offered on cases where assault and armed robbery is concerned.
Mark SWH March 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Two men against one woman... tie them up and let her whip them... throw the book at 'em
Azetbur April 15, 2012 at 01:12 AM
When is this case supposed to go to trial?
zula 5 April 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM
If they offered them two years probation they dont have a case on the original charges.


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