Friday, November 6, 2015

Chicago Man Gets 5 Years for Accidental Killing

Paris Walker-Rush | Cook County sheriff's office
Paris Walker-Rush 

Local news

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for accidentally shooting David Kennedy to death last year in a Hyde Park apartment.

Paris D. Walker-Rush, 26, was sentenced to five years Wednesday by Judge Mary Margaret Brosnahan after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, according to Cook County court records.

Kennedy, 24, was found shot in the head in an apartment in the 5200 block of South Cornell about 9 p.m. Nov. 21, 2014, authorities said at the time.

Kennedy, of the 3700 block of South Wood Street, died at the scene. An autopsy confirmed he died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the death was ruled a homicide.

Walker-Rush was arrested without incident immediately after the shooting.

1 comment:

  1. Different treatment indeed Mike. Are you suggesting that other convicted felons who kill people with an illegally possessed firearm, even "accidentally" are treated more leniently? From what I was able to find, you can get up to five years for just the possession charge, to say nothing of the manslaughter charge. I imagine he might end up having to serve some real time for his first conviction since he was only about halfway through his probation when he shot his buddy.

    "Walker-Rush is charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to police documents.

    The shooting occurred at Walker-Rush’s home in the 5200 block of Cornell Avenue in the East Hyde Park neighborhood, prosecutors said. Walker-Rush, Kennedy and two other men were hanging out and smoking marijuana, said Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Hain."

    "At one point Walker-Rush gave Kennedy a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun to look at, Hain said. Kennedy returned the gun to Walker-Rush, who then pointed it at Kennedy’s face, and the gun discharged, Hain said."

    "In 2013, Walker-Rush was found guilty of one count of felony manufacturing/delivery of cannabis for which Judge Mary Margaret Brosnahan sentenced him to 24 months of probation."