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Chicago Cop DUI: Richard Bolling Guilty of Fatal DUI

Chicago police officer Richard Bolling may have received special treatment from his fellow boys in blue following the fatal Chicago cop DUI accident that killed 13-year-old Trenton Booker, but Bolling did not receive any special treatment from a jury when he was found guilty of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide in the boy’s death.

For the crimes, the 42-year-old cop could face up to 15 years in jail, or could avoid jail completely with only a probation sentence, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. His sentencing is scheduled for February 17.

In May 2009, Bolling drove his Dodge Charger through a South Side neighborhood while drunk and crashed into the teen, who was riding his bicycle. After the accident, Bolling was accused of driving away and showing more remorse for the damage done to his car and a missed White Castle meal, than for the well being of his victim, reports the Sun-Times.

At the sentencing hearing, Bolling's lawyer will have the difficult job of disputing this portrayal, and convincing a judge that Bolling is in fact an upstanding citizen and family man who had never been in trouble with the law until that incident.

A sentencing judge can consider many factors when determining the appropriate sentence for Bolling. As Bolling faces up to 15 years in jail, some of the factors the judge could consider include Bolling's behavior post-accident and his perceived disregard for Booker's well-being. On the other hand, the judge may also consider Bolling's career as a law enforcement officer.

The sentencing of Richard Bolling should garner a lot of attention in February. The potential penalties for the Chicago cop DUI can vary widely, and it will be interesting to learn what factors the sentencing judge leans on.

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