Uptown: Alleged burglar is shot in the butt — two weeks after a judge released him on another burglary case

Christopher L. Johnson | IDOC

A Rogers Park man who was shot while allegedly burglarizing an Uptown man’s apartment early Friday had been arrested just two weeks earlier for burglarizing an Uptown garage, but a judge set him free to await trial. Not only that, but Christopher Lee Johnson is also on parole after serving half of a 14-year sentence that he received for burglary in 2009.

Just after midnight on Friday, a resident of the 800 block of West Lakeside Place called 911 to report that he had shot an intruder in his apartment. Police arrived and found 41-year-old Johnson with a gunshot wound to his buttocks, police said.

According to police, Johnson had forced his way into the 39-year-old victim’s apartment through a rear sliding door. Once inside, the two confronted each other, and the resident shot Johnson one time. The victim was not injured.

Johnson is charged with felony home invasion with a dangerous weapon. He is currently hospitalized and has been ordered held without bail.

Court records show that Johnson was previously arrested around 2 a.m. on May 10th after a homeowner reported seeing a prowler in his garage in the 4600 block of North Beacon. Prosecutors charged him with criminal trespass and theft of lost or mislaid property. Even though he is on parole for burglary, Johnson was subsequently released to await trial.

State records show Johnson was sentenced to 14 years in prison for burglary in 2009; five concurrent three-year terms for theft in 2007; 18 months for narcotics in 2006; three years for drugs in 2005; three years for burglary in 2003; three years for attempted burglary in 2002; two years for manufacture-delivery of a look-alike drug in 2000; another year for narcotics in 2000; three years for theft in 1999; and two three-year terms for drugs in 1997.

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