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 GunfireThen, 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.
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
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.