was sentenced to life imprisonment Monday after dueling attorneys cast him in disparate lights — one illuminating a calculating menace and the other a victim of circumstance.
The 33-year-old felon was , who by all accounts presented in court was a timorous and talented mechanic.
Mosley stalked and pushed Schmidt, 53, inside his apartment at 15927 Westway Walk during a 2009 carjacking, and slit the mechanic's throat when he saw Mosley's face.
“(Mosley) chose to arm himself with a knife," assistant state’s attorney Michael O’Brien said. "He chose to follow the victim. He chose to force him into his home. And he chose to take (Schmidt’s) life."
Begging the court for “mercy” and “practical sentencing” so that Mosley might have an opportunity to turn his life around, public defenders argued that he suffered brain damage as a teenager after he was shot in the neck and later beat up and drugged on the street. Following the second attack, he was sent to a hospital in Wisconsin, where he had to relearn how to talk and walk.
When public defender Dan Nolan pointed to Mosley’s admiration for his wife’s children, the state pointed to Mosley’s own child in Bolingbrook, whom he hasn’t seen in years.
During the trial, his own father and step-brother testified that he admitted to the murder and came to them for help. This time, his mother, Beryl, took the stand and recounted how she has toiled to give her son a better life since having him at age 16.
But prosecutors used Beryl Mosley’s tearful testimony to their own advantage, arguing in return that Mosley came from a caring, educated and hardworking mother.
They also pointed to Mosley’s rap sheet. He was convicted of robbing a friend at knife point and stealing her car in 2001. A correctional officer testified that, in jail, Mosley wrote a threatening letter to guards boasting of his position in a gang.
What’s more, Mosley has been convicted of domestic battery, and has two cases pending in Cook County for similar car thefts involving a knife.
“He has no regard for human life — male, female, he respects no one,” O’Brien put it.
In the end, Judge John J. Hynes found the state’s rendering of Mosley’s character more convincing.
“(Mosley) is the polar opposite of what Randy Schmidt is,” Hynes said. “He is a predator that destroys our communities. He is the reason we have locks on our doors. He is the reason people go around in fear.”
Randy Schmidt’s contrasting image as a gentle man who "viewed life through an unjaded lens" was about the only point that went unchallenged Monday. On the stand, Mark Schmidt described his deceased brother as a mercurial yet sincere hobbyist — the result of his deeply inquisitive nature.
The blue Honda Fit that Mosley killed for was the first new car Randy Schmidt ever owned.
“It’s ironic that finally realizing his dream was the likely cause of his untimely death,” Mark Schmidt said.
“It’s a tragedy all around, when I think of his mother with his wife," said Richard Schmidt, an astronomer by trade who shared a love of cameras and telescopes with his brother. "But we feel like justice for Randy finally came about.”
The two had spoke of planning a trip through an African safari — just one of many lost opportunities.
For the charge of first degree murder, Mosley received natural life in prison without the opportunity of parole. Following sentencing, Judge Hynes denied an immediate motion filed by the defense to reconsider his decision.
Public defenders said they would also file a motion for appeal.
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