|Flemister | CPD|
Here’s a look at how the courts are handling some recent gun possession cases in Chicago:
• Levi Flemister, 57, was arrested after he tried to enter Soldier Field with a gun in his pocket before the Bears game on Nov. 18th, according to charges. Flemister told police that he lives in a group building, that the coat was not his, and he didn’t know the gun—a small, 2-shot Derringer—was in the jacket.
Prosecutors charged Flemister with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a public park. They said Flemister had previous convictions for armed robbery and carjacking and he may be charged with being a habitual armed criminal.
Lyke expressed reservations about Flemister’s claim that he didn’t know there was a gun in his pocket (stadium security said he handed the gun over after it set off a magnetometer). The judge was even more concerned about Flemister’s old convictions. He ordered Flemister held without bail.
In a routine follow-up hearing on Nov. 28th, Flemister had a much friendlier reception in the courtroom of Judge Peter Gonzalez. According to a spectator, Flemister’s attorney asked Gonzalez for a reduction in bond. Gonzalez reportedly cracked some Bears jokes with Flemister and then ordered him to stay employed as he was released on a recognizance bond.
|Jefferson | CPD|
• Employees of a store in the first block of South State Street in the Loop called police on the afternoon of Nov. 27th because a customer had a gun in his waistband, police said. Arriving officers were directed to 29-year-old Willie Jefferson who was standing in the check-out line.
Police said Jefferson ignored them when they asked if he had a concealed carry license (CCL) and he pulled away when officers tried to conduct a pat-down search. After conducting an “emergency take-down,” police found a loaded handgun in the front waistband of Jefferson’s jeans, prosecutors said. Records show that Jefferson does not have a CCL or a Firearms Owner ID card (FOID).
Prosecutors charged Jefferson with felony unlawful use of a weapon and Judge Michael Clancy set bail at $30,000. Jefferson went free by posting a $3,000 deposit bond.
|Davis | CPD|
Zion admitted to buying the gun in Wisconsin from “a guy he met on Facebook,” according to police.
Prosecutors charged Zion with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, misdemeanor possession of ammunition without a FOID and possession of a firearm without a FOID.
Judge Lyke released Davis on a recognizance bond.
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