A teenager pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing a Chicago police dispatcher last year in a crash as he was being chased by officers after stealing a vehicle while intoxicated.
In a deal with
Cook County prosecutors, Marquis Harrison, 18, pleaded guilty to one count of
first-degree murder in the death of Marciea Adkins, 42.
Harrison had just left a party at about 6 a.m. on July 10, 2011, and was high on
Ecstasy, marijuana and vodka when he saw a motorist leave his idling Range Rover
in the 100 block of West North Avenue to pay a parking meter.
jumped into the vehicle and sped off. A police officer pulled
the SUV over after seeing its driver run a red light at Blackhawk Street and
Elston Avenue, but during the traffic stop, Harrison allegedly backed into the
officer's squad car and almost struck two other officers.
Harrison through Bucktown until he ran a stop sign at Hoyne and Armitage avenues
and broadsided Adkins' vehicle.
from the scene but was arrested a couple of blocks away. He was taken to
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where tests showed his blood-alcohol content was
0.186 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Harrison, who was 16 at the time, was charged as an adult with
murder and burglary to a vehicle. He has been held at Cook County Jail in lieu
of $1 million bond since his arrest.