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Man gets 3 years for infamous Lakeview stabbing
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2012-12-21

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Darren Hayes. Photo courtesy Chicago Police Department


A man charged in a July 2011 Lakeview stabbing that ignited controversy in Boystown has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Cook County Judge William Lacy sentenced Darren Hayes, 25, of Hammond, Ind., to three years after he was found guilty of stabbing a young man after a Black pride event in 2011.

Hayes had already served 528 days in Cook County Jail at the time of his sentencing, said a spokesperson for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Hayes was arrested in July 2010 after police identified him by comparing his Facebook photo with a video of the incidents taken by Lakeview residents. Two knives were also recovered.

Rubin Robinson, the victim, told local media that he suffered five stab wounds in the attack. He said the attack started with an exchange of words that turned physical. The incident occurred at 3312 N. Halsted St.

Lakeview residents caught the stabbing on tape and sent it to local media to illustrate a perceived uptick in violent crime in the area that summer.

The video, in which a group of young people is seen kicking and beating a young man, sparked public outcry and prompted more than 600 people to flood a local community police meeting days later.


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