Friday, June 14, 2019

Repeat gun offender charged with January shooting in Old Town

Kewon Wright is charged with shooting a man three times in January. | CPD; Multiplottr
A Garfield Park man with multiple weapons convictions in his past has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a man in the Old Town neighborhood earlier this year.

Kewon Wright, 28, was already in custody at the Cook County Jail for another weapons violation when prosecutors charged him for the January shooting in the 400 block of West Evergreen.

Prosecutors said the 22-year-old victim identified Wright as the man who shot him three times in the back around 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 16th.

Wright is charged with one count of attempted murder. He was ordered held without bail. Police said Wright is a member of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang.

According to a police department statement, the victim was standing on the sidewalk when a gunman approached and fired shots. State records show the victim was on parole for narcotics at the time of his shooting. CPD records show that he has been arrested nine times since 2015, and seven of those arrests took place within a block of the shooting location.

Wright has been jailed since Feb. 6th when Cook County Sheriff’s Police allegedly found him in possession of a handgun in the 400 block of North Cicero. Prosecutors charged him with being an armed habitual criminal; multiple counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon; and three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty.

In October 2015, Judge Carol Howard sentenced Wright to two concurrent three-year terms for separate gun possession charges. She recommended that he be diverted to a boot camp program rather than prison.

Before those cases, Wright was sentenced 24-months probation and 30 hours of community service for unlawful possession of a handgun. After a series of probation violations, a judge closed out the probation term “unsatisfactorily” in April 2014.
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