Sunday, March 01, 2015

BUY BYE: Parolee Charged In Best Buy Crash-N-Grab

Sellers (Cook Co Sheriff)
Police have made an arrest in connection with the January crash-and-grab of a Best Buy store near Clark and Diversey. The suspect is a convicted felon who most recently found himself paroled after serving just 6 months of a 7-year prison sentence for armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Jawon Sellers, 24, of the Roseland neighborhood is charged with burglary in the Best Buy case. Bond is set at $150,000.

Prosecutors say Sellers and several co-conspirators crashed a stolen van into the Best Buy store at 2650 N. Clark just before 5AM on January 4th. The crew allegedly loaded $11,000 worth of tablets, computers, and other electronics into another vehicle and fled the scene.

Illinois Department of Corrections records indicate that Sellers was sentenced to a 7-year prison term in September 2013 for robbery and aggravated battery. In a twist that will surprise few CWB readers, Sellers was released from prison just six months later, on March 14, 2014.

He previously received a 4-year sentence for aggravated robbery in 2008.

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22 comments:

  1. The van and electronics were obviously lost or mislaid property.

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  2. Best Buy (or their insurance company) should sue Illinois for losses for granting premature parole.

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    1. Great idea if Best Buy had a future longer than the next 2 years. Right now they are only good for 'show rooming' and the occasional small purchase. Amazon and their super speedy Chicago delivery have put the nail in their coffin. Just remember folks - don't have your packages delivered to a non-secure location.

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    2. I have mine delivered to a business in my building.

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  3. Obviously the police are doing their job, states attorney's doing their job, judges doing their job, the prisons.........not so good of a job...

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    1. The police did do their job. This is at least his third arrest after all. But as we have all read so many times on CWB the states attorney and judges often do not. But even in this, they seemed to as he got seven years. The parole board failed on this one. I mean how many violent offenses do you need under your belt before they let you free to harm others again.

      Maybe it time to have real sentences with no parole for violent crime. I'm holding my breath, Chicago would never elected some who would really be tough on crime.

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    2. The parole board really douched this one up. 7 years and only getting 6 months as a prior offender? That's 7% of the sentence.

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    3. It looks like he got about 1 year credited for time "served" while awaiting trial. But that's still about 18 months on a 7-year sentence for a repeat violent offender.

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  4. The young gentleman wasn't rehabilitated in six months??

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  5. I'm sure he will get at least nine months this time

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    1. But he'll only serve about 37 days.

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  6. He'll get another slap on the wrist and will again be terrorizing the 'hood by September.

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  7. "The suspect is a convicted felon who most recently found himself paroled after serving just 6 months of a 7-year prison sentence for armed robbery and aggravated battery . . . He previously received a 4-year sentence for aggravated robbery in 2008."

    A second aggravated offense, with a weapon, and he serves 6 months? Geez, why send him to prison at all? Might as well just give him a hearty handshake and wish him luck in his future criminal endeavors.

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  8. The Saudis would set him free (after they chop his fingers off).

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  9. IL needs to enact a 3 Strikes law as a deterrent

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  10. They're being charged with theft of lost or mislaid merchandise.

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    1. ^ For the unclear, that was sarcasm.

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  11. Any idea why he only served 6 months? My understanding is that Illinois law requires at least 50% time served before parole.

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  12. That's Cook County for you. They get a slap on the wrist and they're back at it in just months.

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  13. Time to legalize MJ for recreational use, stop wasting resources of the criminal justice system on MJ busts, and free up space and resources for violent offenders.

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  14. So Jawan Sellers ratted out his buddies?

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