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Maywood man sentenced to 16 years for unlawful possession of a handgun by a felon

Feb 27, 2018 09:41AM

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Michael H. Jones, 32 (d.o.b. 1/30/1986) of 1019 South 16th Avenue, Maywood, has been sentenced to sixteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for illegal possession of a handgun. This afternoon, Jones entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay, who handed down the sentence. 

On June 5, 2017, an Illinois State Trooper pulled Jones over for speeding on I-355. Jones was the sole occupant of the vehicle and when questioned he provided multiple different fake names to the trooper. Jones was arrested at the scene for Obstructing Identification and the car was searched. During the search, the trooper discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun. At the time of this arrest, Jones was out on bond for a similar incident in Villa Park in 2013 in which he was pulled over and found to be in possession of a loaded Glock 22 firearm. On June 6, Jones appeared in Bond Court where bond was set at $100,000 with 10% to apply. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time. 

“As a convicted felon, Mr. Jones has forfeited his right to legally possessing a firearm of any kind,” Berlin said. “Thankfully the weapons and Mr. Jones have been taken off the streets before they could seriously injure or worse yet, kill someone. I would like to thank the Villa Park Police Department as well as the Illinois State Police for their continued efforts in keeping our streets safe by keeping guns out of the hands of men such as Mr. Jones. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Lindt for his work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Jones that ultimately led to his guilty plea this afternoon.”

Jones received a sentence of six years in the IDOC for the 2013 case and ten years in the IDOC for the most recent case. The sentences will be served consecutively resulting in the sixteen-year sentence. Jones will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.