Thursday, October 19, 2017

Woman Gets Probation For Post-Pride Parade Gun Incident; Two Other Local Gun Cases Wrap Up, Too

Three gun crime cases in our area have recently wrapped up, and the results range from eight years in prison to acquittal. Here are the details:



• Deanna Vaughn, 27, was accused of brandishing a handgun during a post-Pride Parade confrontation outside of Kirkwood Bar, 2934 North Sheffield, on June 25. Responding officers said they found Deanna Vaughn sitting in the driver’s seat of a car with a semi-automatic handgun next to her foot. Vaughn told cops that a convicted felon who was on-scene had choked her, saying “this ain’t what you want,” which she took to be a “threat of violence,” according to court records.

Vaughn has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. In exchange, the state dropped nine other felony charges and the judge sentenced her to two-years probation.


• Marquis Williams, accused of throwing up gang signs and firing a gun at a passing car on May 9, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a weapon and received an eight-year sentenced from Judge Timothy O’Brien.

Investigators said surveillance video confirmed a witness' report that Williams pulled a gun from his waistband and fired toward a driver who was stopped for a red light at the intersection of Belmont and Leavitt. Williams was paroled in January after serving 85% of a 7-year prison term for firing a handgun at an occupied vehicle in the 2600 block of North Hoyne on November 7, 2009.

His next parole date is set for May 7, 2023.

• 27-year-old Jonathan Moore maintained his innocence, waived his right to a jury trial, and placed his fate in the outcome of a bench trial overseen by Judge Matthew Coghlan.

Moore, charged with four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with a previous conviction; two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction; and two lesser weapons violations was acquitted on all charges.

Police said they stopped Moore for a license plate violation around 11 p.m. on June 8 near the DePaul University campus in the 800 block of West Fullerton. Two minors were in the car with him, officers said. When a cop saw the handle of a handgun on the back passenger-side floorboard, everyone was ordered out of the car, according to CPD records. A 9-millimeter and suspected Ecstasy were recovered, the state said.

Moore—a Familia Stone gang member according to police—told cops that he was “just hanging out with friends” and that one of the minors was living with him at the time. “I been showing him the ways of doing things,” Moore reportedly explained.

But Judge Coghlan was buying none of the state's story and he found Moore not guilty on all charges.
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7 comments:

  1. They shot that kid in the alley under the tracks across the street from Kirkwood about a year and a half ago.

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  2. These judges need to be under the microscope, like the police are now. 10 felony charges, and they drop 9 to give PROBATION?
    Dude shooting gun in city for the second time, only 8 years?
    And how did More get off? All those charges dropped, I want to know why.
    These judges need to be held accountable.

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  3. Moore's trial outcome is why police in Chicago have no faith in the States Attorney and Judges. The word of a convicted felon and gang member means more to a judge than a police officer.

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  4. I can understand Moore's acquittal of a felon with a firearm with a previous conviction and two lesser weapons violations. But get a pass on a license plate violation.
    Come on. Where is the justice!

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  5. Moore's acquittal is just a continuation of the water swirling down the toilet bowl.

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  6. This city is rapidly circling the drain.

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  7. Remember the judges name at voting time. I always vote against any incumbent judge, always.

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