Friday, November 06, 2015

GARBAGE OUT, GARBAGE IN: Convicted Felons Face Burglary Charges Here

Two convicted felons—one  who’s been sentenced to a combined 60 years in prison since 1982 and the other who is on parole after serving 10 years for armed robbery in Wisconsin—are facing burglary charges for separate incidents in our neighborhood this week, court records show.

In the first case, a resident reported seeing a man dragging a city trash can down an alley in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of W. Belmont and filling it with property from nearby garages and cars around 9 o’clock Wednesday evening.

Cops caught up with career criminal Jerry Cotton nearby and allegedly found property belonging to several people in his possession.

Cotton, of the Washington Heights neighborhood, is charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft of lost or mislaid property, and one count of theft. His bail is set at $50,000.

The 53-year-old has been sentenced to a more than 60 years in prison over the past 33 years, yet he manages to keep finding his way out. He's currently on parole for burglary.

Cotton's previous prison stints include:
• 1 year for shoplifting in 2010
• 4 years for attempt burglary in 2008
• 3 years for shoplifting in 2007
• 1 year for shoplifting in 2004
• Another 2 years for shoplifting in 2004
• 18 months for shoplifting in 2002
• 8 years for burglary in 2000
• 6 years for burglary in 1999
• 7 years for burglary in 1995
• 10 years for armed robbery in 1987
• 10 years for burglary in 1982
• Another 7 years for buglary in 1982
• Yet ANOTHER 7 years—this time for robbery—in 1982.

Kenmore Case

In the second incident, police arrested Bashiek Stovall, 40, after witnesses reported seeing him trying to break into an apartment in the 3700 block of N. Kenmore around 10 o’clock last night.

Police engaged several subjects in foot chases that ended quickly nearby.

Stovall—who is supposed to be on active community supervision after being released from a Wisconsin prison where he served 10 years for armed robbery—is charged with theft and criminal trespass to land. He is being held without bond.

Stovall’s previous convictions as a Cheesehead include retail theft, battery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and, as Wisconsin quaintly phrases it, “operating a vehicle without owner’s consent.”

Despite his Wisconsin roots, Stovall last night provided arresting officers with a home address in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.

Gentry (L) and Rose.
Police say the other men who were arrested with Stovall after foot chases are Amire Rose, 19, of the South Shore neighborhood and Jymal Gentry, 22, also of the South Shore neighborhood.

Gentry, charged with reckless conduct, is on parole for burglary in Illinois. Court records show that his prison sentences include:
• 6 years for burglary in Cook County in 2011
• 6 years for burglary in Will County in 2011
• 6 years for possessing a stolen vehicle in Will County in 2011
• 6 years for receiving/possessing a stolen vehicle in Will County in 2011.
Despite that, Gentry is free on a recognizance bond.

Rose is charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass to land. His bond status is not currently known.


Unsolved burglaries reported in our area over the past few days include:
• 700 block of Diversey. Office. Tuesday.
• 700 block of Diversey (again). Apartment. Unlawful entry. Tuesday.
• 700 block of Cornelia. Apartment. Forced entry. Tuesday.
• 800 block of Altgeld. Apartment. Wednesday
• 700 block of Wellington. Apartment. Thursday.
Images: Lexington Prosecutor (revolving door) and Chicago Police Department
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  1. There is a lot more to Stovall FYI

  2. The other two were caught at the same time as Stovall. A friend lives on that block and she spoke with police, who said they had just arrested 3 burglars. Good work downgrading those crimes. They're doing the criminals favors and putting our safety and well being at risk in the process. B.S.!

    1. Yes. Even though Stovall is charged with burglary, the police department has recorded the case as criminal trespass to land.

      In the Cotton case, officers originally recorded the crime as a burglary (which is what prosecutors charged him with), officers were later told to reclassify it to less-serious "theft."

    2. UN-F'ING-BELIEVABLE!! And I am not one who swears lightly.

      WHO, exactly, told the officers to reclassify burglary to a less-serious offense??

      This is what needs to be reported, and then INVESTIGATED, by anyone who considers themselves to be a journalist. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  3. My question is why do they keep getting parole when they prove they don't deserve it? Why is a repeat criminal on the streets if technically they should still be in jail? Who are the police serving, the innocent public or convicted criminals?

    1. The police have nothing to do with career criminals being paroled repeatedly. That blame lies at the feet of the Illinois Parole Board.


      The Illinois Prisoner Review Board (PRB) is a separate entity from the Illinois Department of Corrections. The PRB is an independent body whose members are appointed by the Governor of Illinois. The PRB imposes release conditions for offenders exiting penal facilities, revokes and restores good conduct credits from inmates, conducts hearings to determine whether parolees have violated conditions of parole, and awards certificates of Relief from Disabilities and Certificates of Good Conduct. The PRB notifies victims and their families when an inmate is about to be released from custody. The Board also makes confidential recommendations to the Governor relative to executive clemency petitions.

    3. The CPD heads are responsible for undercharging and reclassifying crime to lower offenses.

      The mayor is responsible for putting the pressure on CPD to do this. And for cutting cops 29% in Lakeview.

      The judges are responsible for doling out light sentences or for simply giving probation.

      The Illinois Parole Board is responsible for paroling way too early in their sentences.

      All of these people are enemies of the public trust.

      I don't like to wish bad things upon even my enemies, but until they or their loves ones are victims of serious, violent crime, death or burglary I don't think they will understand the danger in which they put us on a daily basis. Many do not live and walk in the city day and night as we do and must. They drive and go behind gates and do not experience the dangers as we do so they do not understand.

      Please just believe us. Lakeview and beyond is no longer what it used to be...a safe neighborhood. I feel afraid regularly. And I deeply resent it! Never thought I'd leave my home, Lakeview or Chicago, but it's seeming more and more a possibility. Sad. This could be such a great city!

    4. Public Service Announcement: Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney is facing a Democratic Primary in March against Kim Foxx, Tori Preckwinkle's Chief of Staff.

      Apparently the perception (unbelievably) is that Alvarez is too tough on crime:

      "Even before the committeemen made a decision, the message was clear: to stay in office, Alvarez has to defend herself against charges that she's a lock-'em-up prosecutor from a bygone era."

      Don't forget to vote come March.

    5. For whom? Dear God. We need someone to run against both of these idiots!

  4. I'm sure that after this arrest they'll all turn their lives around.

  5. Get Well Soon D.H. and J.M. we will all miss you officers through the Holidays.
    Hope your Both Ok and come back to work soon.
    Stay safe Everyone, back each other up

  6. Is there a way to find out which judges are letting people off with such reduced sentences? We need to vote those guys out!

    1. SECONDED!!!

    2. Let's see what happens now that they have been arrested again this month!

    3. Thank you very much for that tip, Anonymous. We're putting a follow-up together now.


  8. Another burglary on the 3700 block of Kenmore today. Tablet, jewelry, and makeup stolen. The thief/thieves had to have been watching the house, because both of the girls spend most of their time in the apartment (one of them works from home or something), and it happened while they were out for 30-45 minutes.