Darrin Shivers, who faced a mandatory life term, was acquitted Tuesday of stealing a laptop,Ipod and
jewelry from his older sister's Lasalle Avenue home months after she kicked him out last year.
After a two-day trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang, a jury found Shivers, 4o,
not guilty of felony burglary, criminal mischief and petit larceny. Defense attorney Paul Gordon Dell had
told the jury the dispute between Shivers and his sister was "like something off of the Jerry Springer
Show" and that she didn't file a complaint about the alleged May 6, 2oo9, thefts until May 21, a day after
she called 911 six times to complain about her brother, whom she often argued with.