The two owners of a Chicago nightclub where 21 people were crushed to death in a stairwell in 2003 have been sentenced to two years of probation. Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Daniel Gillespie also ordered Calvin Hollins Jr. and Dwain Kyles to perform 500 hours of community service.
Hollins and Kyles thanked the judge for the sentence during Friday's hearing. The two had originally been sentenced to two years in prison, but an appeals court threw out those sentences in 2013 and ordered them resentenced.
The patrons rushed down the stairwell of the E2 nightclub in February 2003, fleeing pepper spray a security guard released to break up a fight. Twenty-one patrons were fatally crushed or asphyxiated. Fifty others were injured.