Saturday, May 17, 2014

BYE BYE: Area Burglary Arrestee Gets 9 Year Sentence

Michael Stephens
(Illinois Department of Corrections)
Justice was swift for a man who got busted during an attempted burglary in the 3000 block of Waterloo Court on March 26th.

Less than two months after his arrest, Michael Stephens pleaded guilty to that attempted burglary as well as other burglary cases that he had pending in Cook County. He was handed a 9-year sentence and is currently housed in the reception facility at Stateville Correctional Center.

Stephens' Waterloo case had been targeted by the 19th district's court advocacy program.
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12 comments:

  1. He will be out in 4 to 4.5.

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  2. Great, at $50 K a year per inmate it will cost Chicago taxpayer's $450,000 to keep this scum behind bars. Yet he couldn't steal that much in nine years. Looks like it's cheaper for society to have criminals running free. Something wrong with the system.

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    1. Because justice is measured with strict dollar-for-dollar comparisons?

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  3. No, he will be out on parole in about 7 years. Most inmates now serve 85% of their sentence. The IL criminal justice system is not as easy as people tend to think.

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  4. Except when they give blanket pardons and paroles to empty out the jails to reduce cost. I've seen gangbangers with guns out in felony probation. The system is a joke

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  5. Credit given where credit due,,,from Ald Tunney's email:

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a newsletter about an attempted burglary on the 3000 block of Waterloo Court. Fortunately, thanks to a watchful neighbor who called the police and was able to positively identify the offender, the police were able to arrest him as well as the driver and passenger of the getaway car. The offender had prior felony convictions, and at the time of the attempted Waterloo burglary, was out on bond for two previous burglaries.


    On Tuesday, my office along with a few community members, went to court and spoke with the Assistant State's Attorney to ensure that this career criminal receive a hefty sentence. The offender plead guilty to all three charges and was sentenced to nine years in prison. The judge ordered that he receive drug treatment while incarcerated, which is often a motive for these burglaries.

    Going to court is our chance to make sure criminals know they are not welcome in our neighborhood. If you are interested in becoming a court advocate, a training seminar will be held on Thursday, May 29 from 7:00-8:00 pm at the 19th District Police Station (850 W. Addison). Please RSVP to lori.trier@cookcountyil.gov by May 23 if you plan on attending.

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    1. Nice. Great job citizens.

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  6. Im sorry but your incorrect. 85% is for federal crimes. Odds are extremly high this nasty person will be back on the streets in 4-5 years

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  7. Someone posted: "Credit given where credit due,,,from Ald Tunney's email"
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    Nope. Sorry. Not gonna give that bozo any credit for anything. Too little, too late.
    We need an alderman with a backbone in this district, not someone who continually guns for photo-ops and
    "community walks."

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    1. I took his email and the person posting it as crediting the citizens -- from the "watchful neighbor" to the people who went to court. Believe me, when the ASAs know citizens are in the courtroom for a case, they aren't as quick to plead it out. They actually put a little effort in.

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  8. I just can't believe that this fine looking individual is a criminal! What a shock. I guess you truly can't judge a book by its cover.

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