In the Land of Lincoln, prison sentences are a lot like dog-years, only in reverse. A home invasion conviction in Chicago proves the point. Christopher Johnson, 16-time felon fresh out of prison on parole, found himself a weapon (go figure!) and committed an armed home invasion in 2019. He forced entry on an occupied apartment in a ritzy neighborhood a couple blocks from Lake Michigan.
Cops caught up with him after the (legally) armed resident shot the home invader in the butt, narrowly missing Mr. Johnson’s Johnson.
The criminal justice system in Cook County moves at approximately half the speed of smell. Almost three years later, Johnson has finally pleaded guilty to a single, reduced count and a judge sentenced him to…six years.
But wait! There’s more!
Mr. Johnson will get to claim all that time spent on affordable pre-trial release towards his 6-year sentence in the armed home invasion case. In real-world terms, he reported to prison, but after the accumulated credits, he will be released on May 6th.
He was sentenced to six years. He’ll serve about 16 weeks. See how that works? It’s dog-years in reverse. And Chicago wonders why it has a crime problem.
From CWB Chicago:
A 16-time convicted felon who was shot in the butt while burglarizing an Uptown home in 2019 has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of residential burglary.
But, after getting the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit for the time he spent sitting in jail before entering his plea, Christopher Lee Johnson will be released on May 6, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.
Johnson received a 14-year sentence for his last burglary conviction in 2009 and he was on parole for that case when he allegedly forced his way into an Uptown man’s apartment through a sliding glass door on May 24, 2019.
The victim, a licensed firearm owner, confronted Johnson inside the apartment on the 800 block of West Lakeside Place and fired a shot that struck Johnson in the buttocks, according to a CPD report.
Prosecutors dropped two counts of home invasion with a dangerous weapon and six residential burglary charges in their plea deal with Johnson. Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer oversaw the case and sentenced Johnson.
Cops caught him two weeks before his May 2019 arrest after breaking into a garage. Soros-funded State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s prosecutors would only approve misdemeanor charges in that case, so he was promptly released under the city’s affordable bail program.
Again, Chicago is getting the policies of the officials they’ve elected…good and hard.
Hey, it could be worse. It could be like the case of the drug dealer who stabbed a 15-year-old to death and only got three years’ probation. Arm yourselves, Cook Countians.