UPGRADE: Grand Jury Ups Charges In 2 Recent Cases

A Cook County grand jury has returned upgraded charges in two cases that we recently reported on:

• The hits keep coming for the Uptown teenager who pleaded guilty to robbing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s son in December.

Phillip Payne’s brother, Boshaun Jackson, 27, was shot dead in the 4800 block of Lake Shore Drive last Thursday.

The next day, a Cook County grand jury returned upgraded charges for Payne’s recent narcotics arrest.

Payne is now faces a Class X felony charge of manufacturing/delivering cocaine on public housing property and manufacturing/delivering less than grams of cocaine.

Brandis. (Cook Co. Sheriff’s Dept)

• The grand jury also sent back bad news for one of Wrigleyville and Boystown’s most frequently-arrested troublemakers. Theft charges against Ryan Brandis were dismissed by Judge Marvin Luckman on March 16 after the judge determined that there was no probable cause in a bicycle theft case.

But the grand jury had a different take, returning a 3-count “true bill.”

Brandis is now charged with burglary while having a previous conviction and two counts of theft.

The charges stem from Brandis’ alleged theft of a bicycle from a Clark Street deli on February 28.

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