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Anita Alvarez
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Chicago, IL 60602
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February 11, 2014

Suburban Man Sentenced To Natural Life In Prison
For Seventh Felony Conviction

A South Suburban man with a lengthy criminal history of gun and drug-related convictions has been sentenced to natural life in prison following his third Class X felony conviction on a weapons charge, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Michael Ellis, 42, of South Holland, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the charge of Armed Habitual Criminal.  It marks Ellis’ third Class X felony conviction which made him eligible for the life sentence. This conviction is Ellis’ seventh felony criminal conviction.

According to prosecutors, Ellis was previously convicted in connection with a 2011 incident that occurred on April 27 on Chicago’s West Side.  Police observed the defendant get out of a parked car near the 3900 block of Thomas Street, reach into his waistband and toss a gun into the car before walking away.  Police looked into the car the defendant had just exited from and saw a revolver on the passenger seat. 

The officers recovered an unloaded .375 revolver from the car and determined that Ellis was the registered owner of the vehicle.  The defendant later told police that he had the gun to use as security at a drug sales spot.

According to prosecutors, Ellis has multiple prior felony convictions, including two prior Class X Armed Violence convictions for possessing guns and drugs, as well as four other narcotics related felony convictions.  Cook County Judge Dennis Porter imposed the sentence Monday following a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago. 

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Joell Zahr, Maria Augustus and Christa Bowden and the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.


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