Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Court report: Duo who went to prison for robbing man in 2015 goes back to prison for robbing another man after being released; more...

Titus Meadows (left) and Joshua Tucker | CPD
Two men who were on parole for beating and robbing a man together near Wrigleyville in 2015 are heading back to prison for reuniting to rob another man together in Uptown.

After being released from prison after each served half of their 54-month sentences for the Wrigleyville robbery, Titus Meadows and Joshua Tucker mugged a 21-year-old man in 4100 block of North Marine Drive on Dec. 21, 2017, prosecutors said. Tucker, 25, and 26-year-old Meadows allegedly approached the man, pushed him to the ground, punched him repeatedly, and took his phone and wallet.

In exchange for their pleas, Tucker received a six-year prison sentence for robbery while Meadows pleaded guilty to theft from person to get a four-year term. Both will receive 362 days credit for time served. Judge Catherine Haberkorn approved the deal.

Meadows is scheduled to be released early from prison on May 20, 2021. Tucker’s release date is set for May 12, 2024.

Left to right: Hall; Holliday; and Jennings | CPD
A man and woman who were part of a scheme to steal a one-of-a-kind $34,000 purse from the Mag Mile’s Christian Dior store and then re-sell the handbag at a discount online have reached plea deals in the case.

The $34K bag
Lawerance Hall, 20, and 20-year-old Tia Jennings each pleaded guilty to felony theft in the case. Judge Alfredo Maldonado sentenced Hall to four years in prison with credit for 222 days time served. Jennings was sentenced to two years of probation.

Last Oct. 8th, four teenage women or girls entered the Dior store at 931 North Rush and ran out with a collection of purses. Store management estimated more than $67,000 worth of merchandise was taken, including the one-of-a-kind purse.

Days later, Hall, Jennings and 20-year-old Tishawn Holliday met with undercover police in the South Loop to sell the $34,000 handbag for the discounted price of $9,000 prosecutors said.

Hall was on probation for the robbery of Saks Fifth Avenue on the Mag Mile at the time of his arrest in the Christian Dior case, according to court records.

Holliday pleaded guilty to felony theft earlier this year and received a sentence of two years probation from Maldonado.

Hernandez | CPD
A FedEx driver has pleaded guilty to stealing over $20,000 worth of packages from businesses on his Magnificent Mile route.

FedEx security detained driver Regulo Hernandez in the 500 block of North Michigan last May after he allegedly “withheld” numerous packages that were sent out for delivery.

Hernandez, 31, allegedly removed the undelivered boxes from shipping pallets, unsealed them, and placed the contents into a trash bag, according to a complaint.  FedEx claims the value of the stolen goods is $20,271.40, but court records do not include a detailed list of what the packages contained.

Hernandez received two years of second chance probation from Judge William O’Brien in exchange for his plea.



Veshonae Holt (left) and Jason Hunley | CPD
One of four persons accused of participating in the beating and robbery of a man near Water Tower Place early this year has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for two years of probation.

Jason Hunley, 19, agreed to plead guilty to one count of aggravated battery in the deal that has prosecutors dropping a robbery charge. Judge Earl Hoffenberg approved the agreement.

In early January, Hunley was arrested along with 18-year-old Veshonae Holt and two juveniles after the victim was jumped, beaten, and robbed near the intersection of Pearson and Mies van der Rohe in Streeterville. Holt is due back in court next month.

Ryan Brandis | CPD
• One of CWB’s most written-about criminals is heading back to prison. Ryan Brandis, who made a name for himself by breaking into a series of Lakeview and Uptown apartment buildings to steal bikes and coins from laundry machines, has once again pleaded guilty to burglary.

Brandis was most recently arrested in Dec. 2017 to face charges of stealing a bike from an apartment building in the 4600 block of North Broadway literally days after he returned to the streets after serving time for an earlier burglary conviction.

In exchange for pleading guilty to possessing burglary tools in the latest bike theft, Brandis received a sentence of four years, and prosecutors agreed to drop a burglary charge.
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