Sex Offender Gets 20 Years for Attack on Floral Shop Employee

Alexander Hampton, 26, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with Feb 2012 attack

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    Alexander Hampton

    A violent sex offender was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder in connection with a 2012 attack on an employee of a flower shop in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.

    Alexander Hampton, 26, pleaded guilty to the Feb. 17. 2012 crime during a hearing before Cook County Judge James Obbish, according to court records.

    Hampton, who lived on the 3300 block of West Douglas Boulevard at the time of the attack, was charged with armed robbery and using a dangerous weapon for the incident at Asrai Garden floral shop, at 1935 W. North Avenue.

    Hampton that morning handed a female employee a note announcing a robbery before the pair struggled. Hampton then picked up a cutting tool and stabbed the woman in her arm and head, police said.
    The woman locked herself inside a bathroom, and the robber started banging on the door with a mop handle, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Hampton got away with cash from the register and an iPod, police said.

    The woman received treatment at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County that day for her non-life threatening injuries.

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