After a previous no-prison plea bargain for his sixth felony gun conviction, Damien Stewart was back in court on Friday, for yet another weapons charge.
According to local outlet CWB Chicago, "While being convicted of six gun felonies is quite an accomplishment, an even bigger achievement may be the plea deal Stewart negotiated for his sixth conviction."
"His sentence for that case was actually less than for his fourth and fifth gun convictions. And, even better, he didn't have to spend a single night in prison after he pleaded guilty," the local outlet reported on Stewart's sixth sentencing.
Risa Lanier, the Cook County State's Attorney's Offices chief of criminal prosecutions, said she had directed the case's prosecutors to make "appropriate offers" based on evidence, the law, and conversations with the victims:
"I was not telling anyone to, you know, to give away the candy store or make any sweetheart deals, we want to ensure that the work that we're doing that we're continuing to do it with integrity, despite the circumstances that we're under, but we do empower our [assistants] to look at their cases and to use their discretion."
Lanier, designer of the "Smollet Deal," was also the lead prosecutor in the intitial high-profile Jussie Smollett case, according to CWB Chicago.
Stewart, still on parole for the prior conviction, appeared in Chicago's felony bond court on New Year's Eve to face another slew of charges after he allegedly sped away from police officers who saw a gun in his car during a traffic stop.
Prosecutors on Friday charged Stewart with Class X armed habitual criminal, possessing an extended ammunition magazine, leaving the scene, failure to report as a gun offender, and filing a false police report, according to CWB Chicago.
Judge Mary Marubio set Stewart's bail at $250,000. The defendant must post 10 percent of that to get out of jail. But she also ordered Stewart be held without bail until state authorities can review his parole status in light of the new allegations.
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