Sunday, September 25, 2016

3 Local Gun Cases Wrap Up (And Nobody's Going To Prison)

Vitale
Three local gun-related cases have wrapped up in court recently, and the outcomes are unimpressive.

First up, Peter Vitale,  accused of firing a handgun from the roof of a Lincoln Park high-rise in February, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. The judge handed him a sentence of two-years probation.

State Drops Charges In Cubs Gunfire 

Then, there’s Hoytuan Pierce, a three-time convicted felon accused of firing a handgun near Clark and Addison after the Cubs won a playoff game last October.

Pierce
Pierce, who was on parole at the time, was immediately sent back to prison to serve out the balance of his DUI sentence.

A grand jury returned 11 counts against Pierce in the Wrigleyville case: One count of being an armed habitual criminal; two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon; one charge of using a firearm while on parole; four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon; possession of a firearm by a gang member; and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm.

But, prosecutors had splendid news for Pierce when he showed up in court on August 25. The state was dropping all charges.

In addition to his two DUI convictions, Pierce’s criminal record includes robbery in 2002, aggravated battery of a government employee in 2005, and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2012.

Man Arrested With *Another* Gun In Boystown

Lee
Finally, there’s the latest case involving Jahmal Lee, an Edgewater resident, twice-convicted robber, Gangster Disciples street gang member, and self-admitted cocaine dealer who keeps getting arrested near guns and knives in Boystown.

On Monday, two people walked into the 19th district police station to report seeing a man with a gun in the 7-Eleven parking lot at 3407 North Halsted. Officers went to the scene and stopped Lee, who matched a description given by the witnesses.

Cops arrested him upon finding a blue steel replica firearm (air gun) in his bag. He was charged with possessing an imitation firearm and immediately entered a plea of guilty. The judge handed him a sentence of 10 days, offset by two days of time served. He was released from jail late this week.

In May, Lee was arrested with his girlfriend after police responded to calls of shots fired near Halsted and Addison.

The couple told police that the girlfriend brought the gun to Boystown so she could sell it and the gun fired when she dropped the weapon.

Weapons and narcotics charges against Lee were dismissed. His girlfriend’s case is on-going.

In December 2014, Lee was arrested for possessing a knife after officers found him and two other convicted robbers hiding behind a valet booth in the 3500 block of North Halsted.
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20 comments:

  1. *throwing hands in the air and stomping off*

    F*CK these judges F*CK them all for holding me hostage in my own neighborhood. I HATE them and will figure out a way to unseat them if I can. And fucking Tunney too. Meatheaded puss filled scourge of the earth that he is.

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  2. woah, something is upside down - how could all charges be dropped against Pierce in the ever increasing climate of thugs with guns? I AM REALLY PISSED OFF!

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  3. Unbelievable. It's time for the good people to start showing up at court to see that these scumbags aren't let off the hook with charges dropped.

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  4. Glad to see that some good things are happening to some great people.

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  5. Why aren't you outraged commenters paying attention to what's happening regarding criminal incarcerations nationally? Obama and the Department of Justice have proudly announced that it is their intention to drastically reduce incarcerations and Preckwinkle and the state and local politicians and prosecutors and judges are following orders of the Democrats. Hillary promises to continue and expand the policy. Remember that on Election Day.

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    1. Don't be ridiculous. This has nothing to do with Obama. Stop pushing a radical conservative agenda and maybe focus on the fact our own city judges and DA are obviously corrupt and have some back room deal we don't know about going on. There is a reason they want these criminals on the street, we need to find out why, and it usually comes down to money.

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    2. Radical conservative agenda? Do you read the news? Please read about recent pardon for gun/drug offenses by POTUS and CCSD releasing inmates to home on electronic monitoring. DA? This ain't NY; a DA in Chicago is an ASA (assistant state attorney, or prosecutor). Who are the republicans the judges and "DAs" making Backroom deals with? The NRA?

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  6. Please note, these criminals were all caught and arrested, maybe it's time to support the police?

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  7. I wish this would make national headlines and the press would follow, harass and bring up every detail of every respective judge just like they do with the police that land on the wrong side of screwed when confrontations with these "innocent Angels" go wrong.

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  8. How the f^# is this possible?!? They enforce child support payments more aggressively than the possession and use of deadly weapons. Get caught using weed, jail baby! Get caught with an illegal weapon, meet you at Dave and Busters for lunch tomorrow Baby!! It's completely insane.

    By the way, Obama is freeing up low level drug users. Federal crimes are still strongly prosecuted and they have no early release. Your 'beef' is with the state- talk to the GOV.

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    1. Obama has pardoned a lot of people who had gun charges, having a gun on you is how you get sentenced to prison for drugs. Then the SJWs are outraged that a "non-violent drug offender" gets sentenced to prison.

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    2. Check fire on the assertion that Obama pardoned low-level drug dealers. He pardoned drug dealers who were ARMED with a firearm under the excuse that the two together shouldn't equate to enhanced charges/sentencing unless the gun was used. "Used," as defined by law as being possessed illegally. Used in the commission of violence is another offense. This is why the pardons should've never occurred in the first place. But yeah, keep to the party line that we incarcerate people for low-level crimes.

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  9. Dear Kim Fox
    I'm at the office. We're almost out of those $11 Burger King gift certificates to give out out in lieu of actual prison time for criminals.
    Could you bring a few more boxes of 'em over ASAP.
    Thanks.
    Your pal,
    Toni Preckwinkle

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    1. No shit and what a fucking shit show it is.

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  10. Love that regular citizens are finally starting to see what the police have known in cook county for a long time. Share with everyone and anyone, it's the only way to correct this mess and fill the void of the broken media.

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  11. Please tell us why the heck were charges dropped against Pierce? There has to be a legitimate reason, at least I desperately hope so because this is exactly the kind of guy we need to keep locked up, not look for reasons to let him roam free in society to victimize more of us.

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    1. Drop the Cook County Assistant State's Attorneys a line. They're the ones who dropped it.

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    2. Yes, I get who dropped the charges. I was just hoping that whomever filed this article might have investigated further to find an explanation for the dropped charges.

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    3. Well I sent them an email, we'll see if they respond.

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