A Chicago father has been found guilty by a jury for attempting to murder three individuals in retaliation for the killing of his 9-year-old son in 2015. Pierre Stokes, 33, was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and a gun charge after a jury deliberated for several hours.
The case revolved around the tragic killing of Tyshawn Lee, who was lured from a playground into an alley by rival gang members in 2015 and shot in the head. Stokes was accused of targeting the girlfriend of one of his son’s killers and her two adult nephews in a 2016 shooting as an act of vengeance for his son’s death.
Prosecutors contended that the shooting was the result of a feud between the Bang Bang Gang/Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones, to which Stokes allegedly belonged, and the Killa Ward faction of the Black Gangster Disciples. The feud escalated after Stokes’ faction was accused of a 2015 shooting that killed Corey Morgan’s brother and wounded his mother. Initially, the plan was to kill Tyshawn Lee’s grandmother to send a message to Stokes, but the boy was targeted instead, prosecutors argued.
Morgan, Boone-Doty, and Kevin Edwards were charged in Tyshawn’s murder. Morgan was convicted and sentenced to 65 years in prison, Doty received a 90-year sentence, and Edwards, the getaway driver, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and received a 25-year sentence.
During a 2016 bond hearing, prosecutors alleged that Doty had told other inmates that he shot Tyshawn and had considered torturing the boy by cutting off his fingers and ears. The chilling details of the hearing reportedly incensed Stokes.
Stokes later confronted Morgan’s girlfriend, Robyn Matthews, at a South Side gas station and allegedly shot her and her nephews. The shooting took place four months after Tyshawn’s murder, leading to a complex legal argument over whether it was a retaliatory act.
Assistant State’s Attorney Melanie Matias argued that “vigilante justice is not justice,” while Assistant Public Defender Celeste Addyman contended that the shooting timeline did not align with retaliation patterns seen in gang-related incidents.
Despite challenges from uncooperative witnesses and differing accounts, the jury found Stokes guilty of most charges. While his sentencing is pending, the conviction marks another chapter in a tragic story that shook Chicago and sparked outrage across the city.