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Anita Alvarez
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Chicago, IL 60602
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February 5, 2014

Prosecutors Secure Natural Life Sentence Plus Additional 15 Years
For 2008 Murder Of Chicago Police Officer

A Chicago woman who shot and killed a veteran Chicago Police Officer during an altercation at a North Side CTA bus stop has been sentenced to natural life in prison plus an additional 15 years, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Robin Johnson, 50, was sentenced to prison today for the First Degree Murder of Officer Richard Francis, who was shot by Johnson after he responded to a call of a dispute on a CTA bus instigated by Johnson less than one block from the Belmont District Chicago Police Station at Belmont and Western avenues.

According to prosecutors, during the early morning hours of July 2, 2008, a witness was attempting to exit a CTA bus near 2401 W. Belmont when Johnson began harassing her. 

Officer Francis, 60, who was on duty and passing by the location, was flagged down by the bus driver to intervene.  Officer Francis approached Johnson and attempted to calm her down but she quickly became combative, according to prosecutors.  Johnson attacked the officer and they both fell to the ground, at which point Johnson gained control of the officer’s weapon.  As Officer Francis stood up and put his hands in the air Johnson shot him in the head at point-blank range.

Francis was a 27-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

Cook County Judge Thomas Gainer sentenced Johnson to the prison term during a hearing today at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building.  Johnson received a natural life sentence for the Murder of Officer Francis, and an additional 15 years for Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.  Those sentences are to be served consecutively. 

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Charise Valente and Jennifer Coleman as well as the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.


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