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Judge Suggests Probation Possible in Teen Burglary Case

Lawyers tell judge resolution of charges may be near for Deerfield teens arrested for invading Highland Park home.

A Lake County Criminal Court judge told two Deerfield teenagers charged with invading a Highland Park home and other offenses he may consider probation during a pretrial hearing today in Waukegan.

Joshua Norris and Joseph Mahoney, both 18, of Deerfield were indicted September 10 on charges including home invasion with a weapon of a Highland Park home in August, residential burglary and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

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“Sometimes in cases like this I consider probation and in other cases the person is going to go to prison,” Judge Daniel Shanes said to Norris.

Norris told Shanes he understood. Before letting Norris know jail and probation were potential options he asked him how things have been going since August. “I’m learning a lot,” Norris said.

Before Shanes had separate conversations with the two defendants, Mahoney attorney Chris Cronson told Shanes a resolution of the case was possible this month. “We’ve been in discussions and are close to a resolution,” Cronson said.

Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney Steve Scheller agreed. “We are contemplating a resolution,” he said.

After the lawyers briefed Shanes, the judge turned his attention to Mahoney, the first of the two defendants to appear before him.

“One of the things that’s important in cases like this is how you are doing on bond (and in) the program at Omni,” Shanes said. “If you have success there the better the possibility you succeed at probation.”

Shanes continued the pretrial to 9 a.m. Feb. 28 in Waukegan. The case is currently set for trial March 4.

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Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:12 AM
The Military? The Military doesn't want these criminals. Serving one's country is a privilege not a punishment and what they did was against the law and they should be sent to jail
Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:19 AM
The Army isn't a punishment and just because the parents failed to raise decent human beings doesn't mean they get the honor of protecting our freedoms.
Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:26 AM
I agree completely, if these kids were minorities and couldn't afford a good lawyer they would already be in prison.
Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Eagle the lack of it being not being "random" is irrelevant. They are 18 years old that means by law they are adults and should be treated like so. In life you do not get second chances, what if they shot someone in that house? Oh it would be okay because the kid in the house sold dime bags of weed so that means he was a criminal too. But they should get a second chance because they are white and there parents can afford to send them to college so its okay judge. Such bullshit I hope these criminals break there parole and get sent to jail. Because that's where they deserve to go.
shirley March 03, 2013 at 09:45 AM
regardless of who they were trying to rob, they took a weapon into someone's home to rob them. they are not kids, they are adults and as such should be punished accordingly. they can repent and they can get help as it sounds like they're getting through a program they've been ordered to attend. however, the committed a serious crime and should be punished for that crime. probation hardly seems adequate.

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