|Marbley | Cook County Sheriff|
Khalil Marbley, a convicted felon who escaped from sheriff’s deputies by jumping from a balcony on June 12 is in custody again. He was arrested this week at the same location after he (surprise!) hopped off the balcony again. Sheriff’s officers were waiting for him this time.
But there’s much more to the story of Khalil Marbley that isn’t being told in the corporate media. Once you know the full story, you’ll probably be wondering how Marbley managed to be out on electronic monitoring at all.
Here’s his story.
Back in December 2013, Marbley was charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine and another narcotics count. He posted bail and went onto electronic monitoring. Four months later, in March 2014, Marbley failed to appear in court. He had escaped from electronic monitoring.
When it was all said and done, Judge Thomas Hennelly sentenced Marbley to three years for the narcotics charge and two years for escape. He was later released on parole.
In June 2016, Marbley was handcuffed when he ran away from an Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) agent who was trying to place him into a prison vehicle.
Shortly after that, cops, sheriffs, and parole agents went to his home. Marbley saw them, made eye contact, and ran. He was found hiding under a pile of clothing on a porch.
Prosecutors charged him with escape and theft of the handcuffs that he was wearing when he escaped from IDOC custody. In February 2017, he was sentenced to two years with 235 days credit for time served by Judge Joseph Claps. Marbley was paroled last summer.
On January 3, police pulled Marbley over in Humboldt Park for a traffic violation. Marbley told them he didn’t have a license because he was driving on a citation. After being coaxed out of the car, Marbley handed over a box containing suspected crack cocaine, small baggies, and a scale, police say. “That’s all I got,” he reportedly told cops.
Officers who searched his car said they found a loaded handgun behind the rear seat. After being read his rights, Marbley allegedly told officers that he “just got the gun and it’s never been fired.”
Prosecutors charged him with Class X armed habitual criminal; felony possession of a weapon while on parole; felony possession of cocaine; two felony counts of possessing drug paraphernalia; and parole violation.
His parole was revoked, and he went back to prison for a few weeks to serve out the balance of his sentence. Once he was released, Marbley returned to court on the new charges stemming from that traffic stop.
Despite Marbley’s history, the Cook County Court Pre-Trial Services Division told the judge that Marbley’s likelihood to skip bail was only a three out of six, according to court records.
Factors in his favor included having the same residence for 22 years (when he was not in prison) and not being a violent offender (even though he is currently charged with being an armed habitual criminal and a felon with a handgun). Also “positive” was the fact that he had not failed to appear in court in the past two years (mainly because he was in prison most of the time). Not considered in the bail score were Marbley’s previous electronic monitoring escape and the time he escaped from IDOC custody.
He posted $5000 bail and went home on electronic monitoring.
So, that brings us to June 12th. It seems that Marbley’s landlord, concerned about the criminal charges filed against his tenant, did not want Marbley in his house anymore. Sheriff’s deputies were notified and they went to the home to relocate Marbley since he is on electronic monitoring.
That’s when Marbley allegedly jumped off the back porch and ran away.
After jumping from the porch again this week, Marbley was captured and hauled into court where—against almost all odds—a judge ordered him to be held without bail.
It’s too bad nobody considered that option before.
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