A Chicago cocaine dealer who had his life sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama now faces three charges of attempted murder.
A young woman who was one of Alton Mills’ alleged victims is brain dead and not expected to survive. The Evergreen Park resident was arrested last week for the shooting that took place in Posen, Illinois.
It was early Sunday morning when three friends left a nightclub in a Ford Explorer. They were going home when they reportedly pulled up behind a vehicle driven by Mills.
Assistant State’s Attorney Kathryn Morrissey said the three drove around Mill’s vehicle, which was stopped at a red light and did not move when the light turned green.
Authorities believe Mills caught up to the Explorer and fired shots into the vehicle.
7 years after Obama commuted Alton Mills' life sentence, the 54-year-old is now accused of shooting a woman on an expressway in Chicago this week. The victim is brain dead and not expected to survive. Sen Dick Durbin said Mills was “an overlooked casualty in our ‘war on drugs.'” pic.twitter.com/CYexzDgV3K
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 19, 2023
One of the bullets struck a woman in the head as she slept in the back seat. The female passenger in the front seat took a blurry picture of the alleged assailant’s license plate and read the number aloud into a video she recorded.
The SUV’s driver raced to a nearby fire station, and from there the unidentified shooting victim was rushed to the local hospital. She was reportedly determined to be brain dead and is not expected to survive.
Illinois State Police followed the trail of evidence to his home. There they reportedly found several loose 40-caliber bullets in his bedroom matching those fired in the shooting. Morrissey also said that his vehicle tested positive for gun residue.
Mills was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 1993 on federal conspiracy charges involving a crack cocaine enterprise.
His two previous convictions were for under five grams of crack cocaine, and prosecutors were able to get the life sentence by filing for a sentencing enhancement.
Obama cut his sentence short in 2015 after he had served 22 years. Mills’ story was trumped by several Democrats as an example of the system failing a downtrodden individual. Leftist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) met with Mills in 2016 and was photographed with him.
She posted on Facebook that his tale reminded her that “it’s not justice when someone who needs help can go away for life for selling crack on the street, but a bank executive who launders hundreds of millions of dollars for drug cartels” gets off with merely a fine.
That’s one social media post that has not aged well.