Sunday, December 20, 2015

JINGLE CELLS: Reaching Plea Deals, Local Robbers And Burglars Head To Prison

Wallace (L) and Wilson
It's gonna be Christmas behind bars for several defendants in local robberies and burglaries who entered plea deals last week:

• Garry Wallace and Melvin Wilson pleaded guilty to participating in a botched Lakeview home invasion that targeted the brother of Wallace's girlfriend in September 2014. Facing more than a dozen counts each, both men reached deals allowing them to plead guilty to one count of robbery. Wilson got a 4-year sentence and Wallace—who famously told arresting officers “I didn’t have a gun. I just took some shit."—received 3 years. The girlfriend/sister, Bryna Wolowic, is due back in court on January 25.

• One of two men accused of threatening pedestrians with a rifle-like paintball gun in Lakeview and nearby Lincoln Park last September pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery. LeDonte Washington received a 3-year sentence in the case, which stems from an incident in which the pair allegedly demanded a pedestrian's shoes while brandishing the paintball gun. Washington's alleged partner in crime, Raheem McCaskill, is due back in court on February 9.

Sanchez (L) and De Valle
• A boy-girl teen duo that had been arrested together several times for painting graffiti across the North Side is now heading off to separate prisons after pleading guilty to brandishing a hammer while robbing a CTA passenger on board a Red Line train as it approached the Belmont station in March. Danny Sanchez received a 7-year sentence while Nancy De Valle received a 6-year term.

• Robert German, who's been sentenced to a combined 97 years in prison since 1976 can add another 10 years to his total after pleading guilty to burglarizing a Lakeview woman's home while she showered this summer. German had been on parole for 16 days at the time of his arrest.

• Jaleel Johnson has pleaded guilty to following a woman into her Lakeview home, grabbing her by the neck, and stealing her purse in May 2015. Johnson was chased down by witnesses who detained him for police behind Schubas tavern, 3159 N. Southport. He received a 7-year sentence in the case. He also pleaded guilty to several other robberies for which he received 12-year sentences to run concurrently.

• Jerry Cotton, a career criminal who was arrested as he filled a garbage can with items that he was stealing from garages and cars in the 1300 block of W. Belmont last month, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary. Sentence: 4 years.

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  1. Missing Christmas but they'll be out on parole for next years'

    1. The odd thing is, they always let these people out early for "good behavior". Maybe they possess a finite amount of good behavior, and it's all expended inside prison.

  2. I'll bet at least one of the under three year pleas get time served and are now out on probation.

  3. "....a combined 97 years in prison since 1976..."

    My God.....this POS should NEVER see the light of day again. How many more second chances are they gonna give this rat? What on earth is the parole board thinking when they let him out early? Do they seriously believe he will see the error of his ways and no longer commit crimes? Come on!!!

    1. COMPLETELY understand this sentiment. And I can't say I disagree.
      But damn...this guy is a thief. (And judging by the record, not a very good one.)
      All of us are on the hook for the $60K a year or so that it's going to cost to keep this guy locked up.
      That's a minimum of $300K to keep this guy locked up for the 5 years he's likely to serve. Who knows how much we've spent already. Makes my head hurt to think about that.
      Damn...there HAS to be a better way.

  4. Enjoy your Cook County Christmas veggie loaf, shitheads! Don't forget to ask for extra instant mashed potatoes -- those flakes are tasty!

    1. I wonder what they do get in the lockup (both jail and prison) for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Is there any sort of celebration?

      I'd think if I were a rapper, I'd be out performing a free concert at Stateville or come we never hear about something like that?

  5. What are the chances that any of the above will serve any "hard" time? Most will be back on the street in 6 - 8 months.

  6. They will be out by spring. This is how it works out. When Cook county sends someone down state to the big house it cost them 30k a year per inmate. last year the Chicago police took 20,000 guns off the streets which is a class x-felony 5 years in jail. If half were charged and sentence under class X that would be 10,000 in for 5 years at 30k per inmate. That why less than a hand full ever made it to tial. Crime and punishment in Cook count is a joke. Thanks to Toni Preckwinkle.

  7. I watched a documentary once following a group of jailbirds. Recidivism rate was astounding. Within a few months nearly all parolees were back in prison. It was clear these men could not cope on the outside. They'd rather gamble with getting sent back to jail than deal with the daily issues most of us must face: bills, kids, relationships, jobs, etc. The idiotic state sociologists who taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to seem clueless. We need to return to the old-fashioned work farms again: at least put these outcasts to useful work.

    1. My point exactly (above, RE the $60K/yr it takes to house these guys).
      I'm not saying your 'solution' is the right one. But I'm sure not saying it's wrong either.
      Seems like the country can't even have an intelligent discussion about this.
      That's really awful.
      One group says 'Lock em up forever (but don't spend any money)'. The other says 'They were just about to turn their lives around.'
      And nothing changes.
      Nobody demands better outcomes. Not for the taxpayers, not for the convicts and not for the society.
      Screw the 'culture warriors' on both sides. Some of us just want things that actually work.

    2. I don't know where you are getting the $60K/year figure. The most recent report says it's about $38K/year per prisoner in Illinois. Which is actually pretty high compared to surrounding states. Indiana, for example, is less than $15K/year.

    3. VERY simple.
      1) That VERA study is for 2010
      2) It substantially understates both the retiree health care liability and the capital costs for the system.
      3) Even if you don't believe that, take your $38+K, add a very modest 'opportunity cost' (for unpaid rent and taxes and social security etc while incarcerated), then add say a 3% per year increase in costs compounded over 5 years and you're at $60K.

  8. Whatever happened to inmates on the "chain gangs". Working from sun up to sun set? I heard Cook County Jail is like a country club. Gym equipment, cable TV, decent food, ect...Tom Dart seem to make it too comfortable for these convicts!

    1. I agree. Maybe if prison was very unpleasant, it would be something to be avoided at all costs. Maybe after a first stay in prison, the criminal might actually think, "There is no way I'm ever going back to that hell hole!" And actually turn his life around.

  9. Remember those faces, here in corrupt cook co. They will be back in your neighborhood in 12-18 months