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Man gets 98 years for 2014 kidnapping and shooting

Everett Harris | Cook County sheriff's office

A man has been sentenced to 98 years in prison for shooting his ex-girlfriend after he kidnapped her two children in her stolen car in 2014.

Everett Harris, 32, was previously found guilty of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated vehicular hijacking, according to a statement from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Harris was armed with a gun on Nov. 13, 2014, when he stole his ex-girlfriend’s car, which contained her children, ages 4 and 6, prosecutors said. The woman then contacted Chicago Police and family and friends, who gathered to help find her kids.

During the search, Harris called the woman several times, threatening to harm her children and giving hints about his location, prosecutors said.

The ex-girlfriend and her supporters eventually arrived at Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge, where one person entered the mall to search while the rest of the group, who were in two vehicles, drove around the parking lot, prosecutors said. They eventually spotted the woman’s car, with Harris driving and the children inside.

Harris pulled into a parking spot and one of the ex-girlfriend’s supporters pulled his van directly behind Harris’ vehicle, when the woman walked up to him with a hammer, prosecutors said. She struck Harris in the arm with the hammer and the driver of the van attempted to intervene, when Harris pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and shot the driver in the groin.

Harris’ gun jammed after the first shot and, as he attempted to fix it, he kicked his ex-girlfriend and her friend in the face and head. After fixing the gun, he fired four shots at the woman and her friend, who were on the ground. The ex-girlfriend suffered gunshot wounds to the head, shoulder and arm, and the friend was not injured, prosecutors said. He then kicked both people several more times, before jumping in the van and driving away.

After a high-speed chase, Harris crashed the van into another car and was arrested by Chicago Police. The gun used in the shootings was recovered in the van, prosecutors said.

Cook County Judge James Karahalios imposed the 98-year sentence during a hearing at the Cook County Courthouse in Rolling Meadows.