JINGLE CELLS: Reaching Plea Deals, Local Robbers And Burglars Head To Prison

Wallace (L) and Wilson

It’s gonna be Christmas behind bars for several defendants in local robberies and burglaries who entered plea deals last week:

• Garry Wallace and Melvin Wilson pleaded guilty to participating in a botched Lakeview home invasion that targeted the brother of Wallace’s girlfriend in September 2014. Facing more than a dozen counts each, both men reached deals allowing them to plead guilty to one count of robbery. Wilson got a 4-year sentence and Wallace—who famously told arresting officers “I didn’t have a gun. I just took some s***.“—received 3 years. The girlfriend/sister, Bryna Wolowic, is due back in court on January 25.


• One of two men accused of threatening pedestrians with a rifle-like paintball gun in Lakeview and nearby Lincoln Park last September pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery. LeDonte Washington received a 3-year sentence in the case, which stems from an incident in which the pair allegedly demanded a pedestrian’s shoes while brandishing the paintball gun. Washington’s alleged partner in crime, Raheem McCaskill, is due back in court on February 9.

Sanchez (L) and De Valle

• A boy-girl teen duo that had been arrested together several times for painting graffiti across the North Side is now heading off to separate prisons after pleading guilty to brandishing a hammer while robbing a CTA passenger on board a Red Line train as it approached the Belmont station in March. Danny Sanchez received a 7-year sentence while Nancy De Valle received a 6-year term.


• Robert German, who’s been sentenced to a combined 97 years in prison since 1976 can add another 10 years to his total after pleading guilty to burglarizing a Lakeview woman’s home while she showered this summer. German had been on parole for 16 days at the time of his arrest.

• Jaleel Johnson has pleaded guilty to following a woman into her Lakeview home, grabbing her by the neck, and stealing her purse in May 2015. Johnson was chased down by witnesses who detained him for police behind Schubas tavern, 3159 N. Southport. He received a 7-year sentence in the case. He also pleaded guilty to several other robberies for which he received 12-year sentences to run concurrently.


• Jerry Cotton, a career criminal who was arrested as he filled a garbage can with items that he was stealing from garages and cars in the 1300 block of W. Belmont last month, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary. Sentence: 4 years.

Email us. Facebook us. Twitter us.
About CWBChicago 4274 Articles
CWBChicago was created in 2013 by five residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown who had grown disheartened with inaccurate information that was being provided at local Community Policing (CAPS) meetings. Our coverage area has expanded since then to cover Lincoln Park, River North, The Loop, Uptown, and other North Side Areas. But our mission remains unchanged: To provide original public safety reporting with better context and greater detail than mainstream media outlets. Our editorial email address is news@cwbchicago.com