Weapons Crimes

Man charged with violent crimes for stabbing female coworker

A man is facing a serious violent charge. He was charged with violent crimes after he was accused of attacking a woman in a parking lot. Illinois authorities say that the woman was stabbed over 20 times. Reports suggest that the man was annoyed with his coworker and decided the go through with a plan to kill her.

The man and the woman were coworkers at a telemarketing company, and the man was apparently employed there for three months. According to reports, the man invited the woman go see a movie with him after finishing work. She is said to have agreed to his invitation and went along with the movie plans. When the two arrived in the parking lot of the movie theater, the man allegedly reached for his knife.

Allegedly, he suddenly began to stab the woman, 22 times in all. The authorities indicate that she was able to flee from the man and contacted them. Officers located the man, and they say he informed them that he committed the act because she irritates him at work. He was placed under arrest and was being held at a county jail with no bond.

Understandably, individuals who are charged with violent crimes are subjected to heavy consequences if convicted.  Prosecutors will surely make every reasonable effort to convict those individuals who appear to pose threats to the community. Nevertheless, there is a substantial difference between an accusation of criminal conduct and a conviction secured in court. Illinois defendants typically benefit from the assistance of experienced defense counsel to guide through the criminal process and fight to uphold the legal rights guaranteed to them.

Source: abc13.com, “Daniel Dion, 18, charged with stabbing coworker 22 times in Illinois theater parking lot“, Jan. 9, 2015

Man arrested for violent crimes, charged with murder

Being charged with violent crimes can be overwhelming for most people. One of the most overwhelming violent crimes to be charged with is murder since it has life-changing consequences. An 8-month-old baby died, and a 28-year-old Illinois man has been accused of her murder.

The man was the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother, and initially, he was a person of interest. In the recent month, an arrest warrant was issued by the state attorney’s office in Cass County. At the time he was charged with murder, he was already in the county jail for a charge of child endangerment. Police say that an autopsy was performed on the baby, and it was determined that there were third degree burns and injuries linked with blunt force trauma.

In addition to being charged with murder, the man was also charged with aggravated battery to a child. He’s being held at the county jail on a $5 million bond. No other information about this case was reported.

It’s not known how the man will plea, but he may benefit by focusing on his rights throughout the criminal process in Illinois. Just because someone is formally charged with violent crimes does not mean they are guilty. That can only occur if prosecutors can actually obtain a conviction in court based upon relevant evidence that meets an intentionally stringent measure of proof. Defendants charged with murder or any other crime have the right to fight the charges before an impartial jury, and a formal plea of not guilty places the burden of proving the accusations in the hands of government prosecutors.

Source: wqad.com, “Live-in boyfriend charged with murder of Illinois baby“, Katrina Lamansky, Nov. 19, 2014

Illinois man arrested for multiple violent crimes outside mosque

A 41-year-old man was recently arrested after a shooting that took place outside of an Illinois mosque after a prayer service. The man allegedly shot another man in the back. The shooter was arrested and charged with multiple violent crimes.

The incident occurred on a Friday afternoon in late October after a prayer service ended. Reportedly, there was a confrontation between the victim and the alleged shooter. Police believe that the shooter sprayed a chemical in the victim’s face to disable him before shooting him in the back.  The victim suffered a graze wound and was treated at the scene.

Authorities were able to apprehend the shooter after he fled the scene and, upon a search of his vehicle, a magazine loader was discovered.  In addition to facing a charge for attempted murder, the man also faces charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm. Authorities believe that this was not a random act and that the shooter, who was charged with domestic violence in 2011, knew the other man.

Violent crimes are felonies in Illinois and could result in a prison sentence for the man if he is convicted. In the state, as in all U.S. states, the man has the right to defend himself against the charges he faces. He has the right to a fair and just trial and has the right to testify on his own behalf. As part of his defense strategy, he may seek a plea deal or choose to take his case to court.

Source: CBS Chicago, “Man Charged In Shooting Outside Bridgeview Mosque“, Nov. 2, 2014

Woman faces violent crimes charges in boyfriend’s death

A 30-year-old man died recently after being involved in a dispute at his home. An Illinois woman, characterized as his girlfriend, is facing violent crimes charges after she was accused of killing him. She’s being held on a $500,000 bail.

According to reports, the couple ended up in an argument at their home that escalated into a physical confrontation. Initially, the couple was reportedly yelling at each other and then they started to fight in the presence of their children. After another person took the kids into another room, the violence supposedly escalated even more. Authorities claim that she stabbed her boyfriend multiple times.

The boyfriend had stab wounds to his chest, neck and his arm. Authorities were contacted after a person at the home was reportedly able to get the woman to drop the knife. When authorities arrived at the home, they discovered the boyfriend’s body lying on the ground and covered in blood. He was taken to the hospital and later died.

The accused woman is expected to answer to the murder charge of her boyfriend. Defendants who are charged with violent crimes such as murder undoubtedly have uphill battles in the courtroom, but that does not mean she is automatically guilty of the criminal charges. While the allegations against her are horrific, she has the right to defend herself and testify on her own behalf. She also has the right to challenge any piece of evidence Illinois prosecutors intend to use against her, including witness who testify against her in court, as she fights for achieving a favorable outcome that is in her own best interests.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Woman held on $500K bail in fatal stabbing“, Brian Slodysko, Oct. 19, 2014

Illinois violent crimes charges — mother accused of murder

Tragically, an 11-year-old girl was discovered dead in her Waukegan home. The mother is now faced with violent crimes charges after Illinois authorities accused her of murder. While this case is understandably disturbing, just because someone has been charged with a crime does not mean they are guilty of criminal conduct.

A neighbor apparently grew suspicious after she noticed that the girl did not come outside and was not going to school. She is said to have contacted authorities to conduct a well-being check and afterward, police tape surrounded the home. Reportedly, when the girl was discovered, she only weighed 50 pounds. An autopsy was performed, and a finding was made that she suffered a blow to her stomach and also her spine.

The authorities say that she also had bruising and old scars throughout her body. According to reports, the mother admitted that she struck the girl to the point that she became unconscious. The mother was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $5 million bond. There were two other children in the home, and reports indicate that they were not harmed.

Being arrested is violent crimes is intimidating, especially when the charge is murder. While a formal charge has been made against the defendant, Illinois prosecutors will need to meet a stringent burden of proof that the mother intentionally killed her own daughter. She remains innocent before the court, though the sentencing consequences that a guilty verdict would surely bring require that every effort be made to protect the woman’s legal rights as the case moves forward through the criminal justice system.

Source: abc13.com, “Illinois mother arrested in death of daughter, 11“, , Sept. 7, 2014

3-year-old injured and father charged with weapons crimes

A 3-year-old boy was recently shot in the head. Following the event, the boy’s father was arrested for weapons crimes in relation to the incident. Illinois authorities charged the man with leaving a firearm within reach of a child and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The incident took place at the father’s residence. According to reports, family members were gathered at the home on the porch. The young boy and his two siblings eventually went inside, and that is when the unthinkable happened. The family members heard the gunshot and, once inside, they discovered the boy bleeding on the floor with the gun next to him.

The father of the boy was arrested and charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Prosecutors indicate that the father placed a loaded firearm within the reach of children. He is being held at a county jail on a $500,000 bond. At last report, the boy was in stable condition.

Understandably, there are laws that pertain to firearms and how owners should conduct themselves, especially around children. In this case, the father of the boy was accused of leaving a loaded gun within reach of a young child. In addition, he was a felon in possession of a firearm, which is illegal in most areas. Illinois prosecutors have to prove that the defendant is guilty in order to obtain a conviction, and a conviction is not always easy to come by. Furthermore, the defendant has the right to testify on his own behalf in front of an impartial jury while fighting to accomplish the best possible outcome for his weapons crimes charges.

Source: bnd.com, “Father charged after 3-year-old shot in Chicago“, , Aug. 25, 2014

Man charged with violent crimes after shooting

A 23-year-old man is facing serious charges after an incident that authorities claim occurred on a recent evening. Reportedly, the suspect’s relatives became involved in a fight with other individuals. The Illinois man allegedly shot one person and is now facing a number of violent crimes charges.

Authorities met with the alleged victim, who informed them that he ended up entangled in the fight after his sister was involved in a physical altercation with someone else. The suspect along with other family members reportedly started to participate in the fight and eventually, shots were fired. After the individuals heard the shots, they started to scramble away. At some point, the alleged victim noticed that he had been shot in his hand and wrist.

Afterward, he went to the hospital for treatment of his gunshot wounds. The suspect was arrested and charged with carelessness resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with a deadly weapon resulting in bodily injury. It is not known if the suspect was granted bond in this matter.

Defendants who are charged with violent crimes typically face an uphill battle in a criminal courtroom. State prosecutors seek to convict those who they believe may pose a threat to the community. The defendant in this case faces an enormous amount of consequences if convicted by a judge or jury, including a strong possibility of a long jail sentence and restitution payable to the alleged victim. Illinois defendants can increase the chances of having favorable outcomes by keeping abreast of criminal procedures and their legal rights.

Source: nwitimes.com, “Illinois man charged in shooting on Guthrie Steet in E.C.“, Sarah Reese, June 25, 2014

Illinois teen charged with violent crimes in alleged drug deal

A 19-year-old man was recently arrested in connection with a drug deal that apparently turned violent. An 18-year-old victim was discovered shot to death in his vehicle in the recent months. The Illinois teen suspect was charged with violent crimes, including murder and robbery.

According to reports, the night before the killing, someone had called the victim numerous times. When authorities looked into the matter further, it was discovered that the number belonged to the suspect. A witness reportedly informed officers that the suspect was contacting the victim to purchase marijuana. The witness allegedly gave the suspect $20 for the drug and when the suspect returned, he had a firearm and $30 worth of marijuana in his possession.

Authorities went to the suspect’s home and discovered a firearm and marijuana. The officers were able to link a casing to the bullet from the victim and from the SUV. Reportedly, the victim was shot in the head. The suspect was charged with homicide and murder during a robbery.

As the suspect gets prepared for his trial, he could benefit from expanding his rights as a defendant and his knowledge of Illinois criminal procedures. In spite of witness statements, the suspect has the right to give his own testimony and confront his accusers in a criminal courtroom. Furthermore, just because someone has been formally charged with a crime does not mean they will automatically be found guilty by a jury. While those who are charged with violent crimes such as murder typically have a contentious battle ahead of them, they have the right to fight for achieving the best possible outcome in their case.

Source: Post-Tribune, “Illinois man charged in February shooting death“, , June 11, 2014

Illinois man faces violent crimes charge in death of landlord

Murder charges undoubtedly have long-term effects on individuals who are facing possible conviction, as well as their families. Understandably, Illinois takes violent crimes seriously and seeks to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. However, just because someone has been charged with a crime does not mean that he or she is automatically convicted. This holds true for a man recently charged with shooting and killing a landlord.

According to reports, a landlord was in the midst of collecting checks for rent owed to him when he was shot in the chest near his car. Reports suggest that the man was shot in an attempted armed robbery. Authorities were able to obtain a sketch of an individual believed to be the shooter, and it was distributed throughout the area. Eventually, authorities were led to the man that was recently taken into custody.

The accused individual was charged with the murder of the landlord and appeared in court in the recent weeks. It is not known whether the man was released on bond. No other details surrounding this case have been reported.

Being charged with violent crimes can bring about a number of negative consequences. Individuals who are charged with murder face a substantial loss of freedom and isolation from family and friends if convicted in addition to other consequences such as the payment of restitution and court costs. The suspect has the right to challenge any piece of evidence Illinois prosecutors intend to use against him as he fights for the best possible outcome in his case. He is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: bnd.com, “CHICAGO: Man charged in Chicago landlord’s shooting death”, , May 31, 2014

3 felony charges for former Illionis linebacker

A former Illinois linebacker has recently been charged with weapons crimes, according to the news from Nov. 25. According to the reports, the weapons crimes were charged after the linebacker allegedly pointed a gun at a vehicle on Interstate 74 in Champaign, Illinois.

The linebacker was arrested at around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, according to the news. The man was arrested following a complaint from a witness in a car that was driving behind the man’s SUV at the time of the incident. According to the witness’s report and an anonymous source, the man had aimed a gun at a blue SUV that had other full-time football staff members inside. Both vehicles exited the highway at Lincoln Avenue, according to police, and the man was arrested near Green Street on Illinois’ campus.

Police admitted to finding a firearm inside the man’s vehicle that was not loaded, and they also allegedly located a magazine loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition in the driver’s front door pocket. The ex-linebacker claimed that the weapon was pointed at the other vehicle as a joke, and he was aware that it was unloaded at the time. Police charged him anyway, and reports claim that he did not have a concealed-carry permit.

At this time, news reports claim that the man faces three charges of Class 4 felonies, which are punishable for one to three years in prison. Possessing brass knuckles is also a Class A misdemeanor, according to the news.

This may just be a case of a joke gone too far, and it might be that the witness didn’t see what he or she thought she saw because it was out of context. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you may want to seek legal advice on how to best protect your reputation and your freedom.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Illini staffer Sinclair arrested on weapons charges” Chris Hine, Nov. 25, 2013