Boss of violent Chicago Hobos gang sentenced to 40 years
CHICAGO — A judge Thursday sentenced the boss of one of Chicago’s most violent street gangs to 40 years behind bars, saying the Hobos boss had used his many talents “to advance the cause of evil.’’
Gregory “Bowlegs’’ Chester, 40, led the South Side gang that prosecutors described as an “all-star team’’ of thieves and killers who cultivated a reputation for brutality to maintain their criminal empire.
In a brief statement just before the sentence was pronounced, Chester apologized for what he called “my behaviour’’ and appealed to U.S. District Judge John Tharp to “Please have mercy on me.’’
Minutes later, Tharp said Chester, who grew up in poverty coping with a deformity that badly bowed his legs, had squandered his clear intelligence and entrepreneurial mind. “He made a choice to use those talents to advance the cause of evil,’’ the judge said. Chester was the first of the Hobos to be sentenced since jurors convicted six in January of a racketeering conspiracy that involved at least six slayings, including the 2013 shooting of a star government witness, Keith Daniels, in front of his two small stepchildren as they screamed a few feet away.