Man Gets Life Term For Killing Chicago Police Commander
Shomari Legghette appeared neither shocked nor dismayed when he was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the murder of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Legghette didn’t apologize for the deadly February 2018 shooting and he didn’t acknowledge the emotional, yet composed statements Bauer’s widow and daughter made in Cook County Judge Erica Reddick’s courtroom. Instead, Legghette, 47, said his trial had been anything but fair, and sought to re-litigate the case, casting himself as the victim. “There was nothing fair about this prosecution,” he said. Bauer’s family expressed relief that Legghette will “never be able to cause this pain to another family.”
In her victim-impact statement, Bauer’s wife, Erin, said she preferred to focus on her husband’s life rather than his death, recounting how he was a gentleman and a hero who never sought recognition for his good deeds. Legghette was a “human crime wave” on Feb. 13, 2018 as he was carrying a gun with an extended clip, wearing body armor and was in possession of narcotics, prosecutors said. “He knew he was going back to prison and that it was going to be a long stay based on his record,” Assistant State’s Attorney John Maher said, explaining Legghette’s motive to gun Bauer down. Legghette was found guilty on all six counts against him in a seven-day jury trial in March just before most in-person hearings were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.