Last year, we reported on Jose Roman of the Simon City Royals gang (Chicago) and the gang’s leader Thaddeus Jimenez. They were charged when Jimenez shooting a man in the legs. After self-filmed video was shown of the duo in action that night was revealed, Jimenez and Roman recently pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in federal court.
In 2009, Jimenez successfully against the city of Chicago after his murder conviction, for which he served 16 years behind bars, was overturned. Besides copping properties, Lamborghinis and Bentleys, the $25 million award he received was a stimulus package-of-sorts for his Simon City Royals. He even gave his underlings thousands of dollars to tattoo their faces and necks with gang symbols. Roman was one of those underlings. He began his criminal career as a member of the Imperial Gangsters, with whom he caught a robbery charge in 2011. After serving three years, Roman transferred to the Royals, with whom he picked up his first felony gun charge in 2014 while on probation. He was released on bond. A few months later, he was found in a vehicle with a .380 after being pulled over. He posted bond again.
The Chicago Sun details the video:
Jimenez’s younger friend, Jose Roman, was recording their armed tour of the Northwest Side with his cell phone and he panned down to show a .22-caliber rifle propped against the center console.
On the video, Roman said he had a “chopper on deck,” referring to the rifle, which he patted and said, “Yes, I had got that bitch ready, one in the chamber, where they at?”
Later, the two spotted a man driving a white car. Roman yelled out to him, “What you is?” asking about the man’s gang affiliation.
“This is Royals’ hood, homie,” Roman then told the man, referring to the Simon City Royals — the gang Jimenez and Roman are part of.
The white car drove off with Roman clutching the rifle.
Less than a minute later, on the 3500 block of West Belle Plaine in the Irving Park neighborhood, Jimenez pulled up to another car, and the driver got out.
Jimenez yelled from his Mercedes, “Why shouldn’t I blast you right now?” Then he chambered a bullet into a .380-caliber pistol, pointed it at the man and shot him twice, as Roman recorded everything.
The government is looking to get prison sentences of 70 to 87 months for Jimenez, and 57 to 71 months for Roman.