Convicted carjacker, on parole for gun crime, busted with one other gun in Uptown, cops say


Joseph Whitsett and the gun that police say he dropped whereas they chased him in Uptown. | IDOC; CPD

Again in 2005, Joseph Whitsett obtained a 25-year sentence for carjacking. Nonetheless, he managed to be out of jail by 2018 when he was convicted of unlawful gun possession. He obtained six years for that. But, he was out of jail once more this week when cops say they noticed him ditch a loaded and defaced handgun in Uptown. He’s in jail once more. At the least for a short while.

Police have been on patrol Tuesday after they noticed Whitsett consuming from a cup on the 4900 block of West Kenmore, prosecutors stated. Once they requested him what was within the cup, Whitsett allegedly took off working whereas holding his waistband.

As officers chased the 37-year-old, they allegedly noticed him pull an object from his waistband and toss it on the bottom. After cops caught up with him, they retraced their steps and located a loaded handgun with a defaced serial quantity the place Whitsett dropped the item, prosecutors stated.

He’s now charged with armed recurring prison and two counts of illegal use of a weapon by a felon. Choose Arthur Willis set bail at $100,000 and ordered him to go onto digital monitoring if he can publish a $10,000 deposit bond.

Paradoxically, Whitsett was charged with armed recurring prison within the 2018 gun case, however prosecutors agreed to drop that extra severe depend in a plea deal, based on courtroom data. He was launched early from jail on July 13.

Along with that case and his 25-year sentence for carjacking 15 years in the past, Whitsett additionally went to jail for narcotics in 2003 and 1999. In 2001, he went to jail for aggravated battery.

Whitsett appeared unconcerned when Choose Willis advised him the Illinois Division of Corrections requested to have him held with out bail whereas they take into account revoking his parole.

“Alright,” Whitsett stated. “I obtained two extra months left coping with IDOC and that’s over.”

“Good luck,” Willis replied.

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