April 23, 2024

Illinois Parole Board Members Resign After Felon Allegedly Kills Ex-Girlfriend’s Son Hours After Release

Two members of the Illinois Prisoner Review board have stepped down after granting the discharge of a person who allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s 11-year-old son hours after gaining freedom.

The board was hit with backlash after releasing Crosetti Brand from his 16-year jail sentence for dwelling invasion and aggravated assault only a month after his ex-girlfriend, Laterria Smith, filed a safety order towards him. 

The pair had not been collectively in over 15 years, however Smith, 33, nonetheless feared Brand, 37 — with good cause.

“B​​rand was convicted of domestic-related crimes involving the woman several times between 2006 and 2009, including three violations of orders of protection,” CWBChicago reported.

The felon was initially free of jail in October with a safety order put in place towards contacting Smith, however he was jailed once more after being accused of sending her a threatening textual content and making an attempt to make entry to her dwelling on February 1, Breitbart News reported. 

Just a day earlier than the newest safety order case was to be heard in courtroom, Illinois Prisoner Review Board member LeAnn Miller permitted Brand for parole, in accordance with the New York Post.

On the identical day that Smith, who’s pregnant, was to argue in courtroom why Brand shouldn’t be allowed close to her, he allegedly attacked her household with a knife at their Edgewater dwelling. 

The outlet reported that Brand allegedly “ambushed” Smith’s younger son, Jayden Perkins, as he tried to guard his mom and unborn sibling.

Jayden died after being violently stabbed within the chest whereas attempting to intervene. 

Once the boy’s mom acquired away and locked herself in one other room, the suspect tried to enter however ultimately fled. He was later positioned and arrested at his mom’s dwelling.

Brand now stays in custody on prices of “first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, three counts of home invasion with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, aggravated domestic battery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon with a previous conviction, and violating an order of protection,” the CWB Chicago report mentioned.

Not solely has Miller resigned from the board, however Chair Donald Shelton additionally stepped down, the Post experiences.

“The Prisoner Review Board must be able to operate independently as they review enormously difficult cases, but I believe LeAnn Miller has made the correct decision in stepping down from her role,” the Gov. JB Pritzker mentioned in a press release.

“It is clear that evidence in this case was not given the careful consideration that victims of domestic violence deserve, and I am committed to ensuring additional safeguards and training are in place to prevent tragedies like this from happening again,” Pritzker mentioned.

He introduced the resignation of Shelton in a web-based press release.

“Donald Shelton served the state of Illinois in his role with the PRB for over a decade, providing a model of dedication to public service,” he mentioned. “During his time with the Champaign Police Department and with the PRB he worked diligently to keep Illinoisans safe and uphold our justice system, and I thank him for his service.”

Smith remains to be hospitalized in vital situation following the assault, however she and her unborn child are anticipated to dwell, NBC News reported.

Gus Giordano Dance School mourned the lack of Jayden, a star pupil, on social media.

“Jayden Perkins brought the brightest light to GUS. We are incredibly blessed to have been apart of his life. We love you Jayden,” the dance faculty wrote on X.