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Juvenile Delinquent Sociopaths

These fuckers are getting off with a paltry slap on the wrist because their "parents" are VIP. The bastards are antisocial pricks, probably sociopaths. I am beyond furious.

Beloved garden is no longer a refuge

John Kass, Published August 17, 2006

Katerina Pavlatos is a grandmother who loves her garden.

She has fruit trees, an apple and a pear. A grape arbor shades a patio and fountain. There are hundreds of fragrant flowers and vines in bloom--oleander, jasmine, roses and dahlias. All of them neat, meticulous, tended.

There was not one brown leaf, not one leaf was spotted with mildew, or torn or withered. Not one. I've seen beautiful gardens before, but none as fine as this.

"I love my children and grandchildren first," the 76-year-old woman told me Wednesday. "And I love my garden. It's the one thing I have. I used to go out by myself in the back yard and water in the mornings to talk to all my flowers. But now, I don't go by myself."

Then her shoulders started heaving. She put her hand to her face to try to stop what was happening there.

"I'm sorry," she said later, her eyes wet. "It's just that now, after all these years, I'm afraid of my garden. I can't go out in my own garden since the boys shot me."

On July 31, she was attacked while watering in the morning in the backyard of her North Side home in the 2700 block of West Farragut Avenue. Through an open window of the building across the alley, three teenage boys from Glenview began shooting pellet guns at her. The first shot hit the wall behind her. The next shot hit Pavlatos in the face, under the right eye. Another hit her arm, and I saw the wound, a white puffy scar.

She screamed and screamed but the boys didn't stop shooting. She was hit several more times. Police recovered 15 pellets on the ground.

The three teens, 16-year-olds from the north suburbs, apparently have plenty of clout. They were working as summer painters for Swedish Covenant Hospital, painting an auxiliary building across the alley from the Pavlatos home. They were about 50 feet away when they decided to have some fun and shoot an old lady, if that's what you'd call fun.

Oh, and one more thing. The mother of one of the boys is a senior vice president at Swedish Covenant.

Katerina's son Demetri, 33, a broker, was home that day. He chased the boys up the stairs of the building.

"And as I'm getting up the back porch, I hear these kids laughing. And as soon as I get up there, they slam the door in my face," Demetri Pavlatos said.

The teens fled down the front stairs. But they forgot a school backpack, recovered minutes later by Chicago police who found identification inside. The teens were soon arrested and hauled back to the scene.

Then Swedish Covenant security arrived. One senior hospital security official talked to the cops and Demetri Pavlatos.

"He comes up to me and says: `Listen, you guys are making a big deal of this. You know these are just kids, and they were joking around. You don't want to ruin their lives. You know, you should just let it go.'"

The three teens were taken into custody, and the Pavlatos family was told the boys would be charged with aggravated battery. That's the charge required when someone shoots a gun at someone else, even if they're from Glenview and one is the son of a hospital big shot.

Unfortunately for Katerina Pavlatos, things progressed the Chicago way. According to police documents, the aggravated battery charge was reduced to "reckless conduct," a misdemeanor. Monique Bond, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman, said the teens admitted their guilt, yet she tried to minimize the incident. Bond said Katerina Pavlatos refused medical attention. But Katerina only refused Swedish Covenant, and Demetri took her to another hospital.

"There was no proof that would indicate they knew exactly who their target was," she said. "Once all the facts were presented, it was determined there was no physical harm."

No physical harm? I saw the wound on her arm. I saw how she sobbed when she talked of it, and of the boys' parents, whom she says never visited her to apologize.

"They didn't know their target?" said another son, Angelo Pavlatos, 37. "They shot her in the face. They shot her in the arm. Then they shot her in the leg. And the body. Over and over.

"Fifteen times they shot, and it was an accident? It wasn't an accident," Angelo said. "But they lowered the charges. If my mom was someone important politically, they wouldn't have lowered the charges, would they?"

Police spokeswoman Bond now tells us that the youths will be punished through a community policing program. They'll be sentenced, somehow, by a panel of three teen "jurors," possibly to community service. I find this idea so ridiculous I'd thought I'd mention it publicly.

If the boys were from Englewood, say, and if Katerina Pavlatos were the mother of the police chief, or the alderman, or the county prosecutor, things would be different. The boys wouldn't be judged by their peers, but by 12 strangers in a cold courtroom at 26th Street and California Avenue.

"What kind of boy does this thing?" Katerina asked me, crying again, in her garden, among flowers she's now afraid to care for alone. "To shoot an old woman, to laugh. What kind of man will this become?"

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-0608170174aug17,1,4450630.column?coll=chi-news-col

Anyone want to take up a collection for either a lawyer or a kneecapping?



( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 20th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
"To shoot an old woman, to laugh. What kind of man will this become?"

The kind that as they grow up become successful business men, by a combination of contacts and ruthlessness, and in later years a polititan and then quite possibly president...
rather like a certain young man from Texas or one of his friends.
Aug. 21st, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
This is sickening :-( but not surprising, unfortunately.
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