A 24-year-old Berwyn man was sentenced to 45 years in prison today for shooting an off-duty Chicago police detective during a dispute over admittance to a bar.What's your opinion? I'm of two minds. On the one hand, I find the sentencing a bit excessive, yet I agree with the need to protect society from violent criminals. I feel it's wrong to sentence people more harshly because their crime was against the police, but in this case, maybe it's best. With the minimum 20-year sentence, he'd probably get out a fairly young man and even less equipped to live in society. Yet, 45 years seems like a lot. If you give a sentence like that for shooting someone in the hand who recovers completely, where do you go from there? You don't leave much room for punishing worse offenses.
Jonas Haro was found guilty by a jury in 2008 of attempted murder of a police officer for shooting the detective after Haro had been refused admittance to Fuggedaboudit in Berwyn on Dec. 5, 2004, because there was a private party in progress.
Haro later returned to the bar at the corner of Home Avenue and 16th Street yelling profanities and indicating he had gun. That prompted the detective and a Chicago police colleague, who were also armed, to follow Haro outside where they indicated they were police officers and wanted to talk to him.
But Haro led them to a nearby alley where he opened fire along with some of his fellow gang members who were waiting. The detective was shot through the hand but has since recovered and returned to duty, said Assistant State's Attorney Joe Keating.
Haro was eligible for 20 to 80 years in prison. Keating asked for a 60-year sentence citing Haro's juvenile and adult criminal record for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon.
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