I swear some people must love jail.
In 2009, Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez celebrated after his 1993 murder conviction was vacated. He eventually won a $25 million award in his wrongful conviction lawsuit against the city — money that, prosecutors say, he used to support his gang.
A visibly shocked judge sentenced Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez on Thursday to more than nine years in prison after watching a cell-phone video that showed the multimillionaire-turned-gang leader stopping his Mercedes convertible and shooting a man in both legs, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
Jimenez had used a $25 million court award in a wrongful conviction case to help build up his street gang, the Simon City Royals, federal prosecutors said. They played a video of Jimenez blasting opera music while cruising in his Mercedes on Aug. 17, 2014, with two guns in the car. His pal Jose Roman recorded their conversation as Jimenez boasted about his gang.