Jeanette Sliwinski, the woman responsible for the deaths of Chicago's Michael Dahlquist (Silkworm), Douglas Meis (the Dials), and John Glick (the Returnables), will leave prison starting October 2, according to reports from the Chicago Tribune.
In July of 2005, Sliwinski was going almost 90 mph when she crashed her Mustang into a Honda Civic carrying Dahlquist, Meis, and Glick, who were out for lunch. Sliwinski was attempting suicide. Instead, she killed three people and only broke her own ankle.
The Tribune explained how someone could kill three people and serve less than four years:
Sliwinski's time in prison was reduced by a sentencing law that governs many Illinois crimes other than murder and routinely cuts sentences in half, turning her eight-year sentence into four years. She also got credit for roughly two years and four months spent in the Cook County Jail awaiting trial, plus six months off for good behavior. Another three months were trimmed because she received counseling in prison.
Brent Fowler, the former Skokie police commander on the case, thinks Sliwinski should have been sentenced for murder:
The moral side of me is crying out for justice…She took the life of three innocent people who were going to lunch. If that's not a travesty of justice, I don't know what is.