Nicholas Radkiewicz

A Cook County judge last month sentenced 20-year-old Nicholas Radkiewicz, of Riverside, to 10 years in prison after he agreed to plead guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with a shooting in late January outside of a Forest Avenue apartment building.

According to the terms of the plea deal, Radkiewicz must serve 85 percent of his sentence. Judge Geary Kull also recommended that Radkiewicz receive mental health treatment while in prison. Radkiewicz has been held at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet since July 22.

Radkiewicz had been charged with attempted murder after he shot four rounds into a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Broadview man. Two of the bullets struck the teenager, who drove home before his mother called 911. 

The victim, who was seriously wounded and underwent surgery, is still recovering from his injuries, according to Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, who has remained in touch with the victim’s family.

Police reported that the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone awry. The victim reportedly went to Radkiewicz’s apartment to buy cannabis at about 7 p.m. on Jan. 26. He paid Radkiewicz with two $20 bills that turned out to be counterfeit, according to police.

When Radkiewicz realized the bills were phony, he ran outside through the courtyard of his apartment building to the victim’s vehicle, firing four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through the windshield.

In addition to pleading guilty to the Riverside charge, Radkiewicz at the same time also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery to a nurse. That conviction stemmed from an Aug. 5, 2018 incident at Rush Oak Park Hospital.

Paramedics had taken Radkiewicz to the hospital from a residence in Forest Park for treatment after an unspecified incident. While at the hospital, Radkiewicz spat on a nurse.

Radkiewicz was sentenced to two years for that offense and will serve it concurrently with the Riverside sentence.