David Wilcox, a supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, was beaten last week in Chicago by a mob of angry teenagers. And at the time, he said he didn't fight back for a reason, but he offered no real context.
"I'm not a violent person. I haven't been in a long time," Wilcox said.
Instead of fighting back, the victim, whom CNN Democratic strategist Symone Sanders mocked on Monday, curled into the fetal position and tried to escape as quickly as he could. He told Chicago's WLS-TV it was because, after serving many years in prison himself, he didn't want to fight back and risk returning.
Wilcox told the local outlet he has not been violent since August 1986, when he was attacked in Chicago's Sauganash neighborhood:
He was 20 years old at the time and outside a house party on Kenneth Avenue. Wilcox said he and his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend were attacked by several men he'd been feuding with.
"He ran up on me with a baseball bat and beat up on me" Wilcox told the I-Team on Monday. "I stabbed the guy and he died. ... They were aggressors. They started the fight."
Wilcox was convicted of murder and sent to Stateville prison after he was sentenced to 20 years. He served nearly seven-and-a-half years after an appeal dropped the charge to manslaughter.
Rather than risk going back, Wilcox said, he'd choose to "get stabbed and die." And that one case was not the only time the Chicago resident has been in prison.
According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Wilcox has been in and out of state prison nine times in the last 30 years. The most recent charge against him came in 2013, when he was caught with marijuana.
When the anti-Trump attack began last week, Wilcox said he was caught off guard because he had "prayed to God to never put me in a violent situation again."
Wilcox said he hopes those responsible face punishment, telling WLS, "I'm gonna be at every court date, and I'm gonna make sure I can do everything I can to where they get locked up." In fact, he said he would like them to experience what he went through at Stateville prison.
During the 1980s, when he was incarcerated there, Wilcox said white inmates were not welcome. He claims to have developed post-traumatic stress disorder from his time at Stateville.