Court Report: 15-time felon gets 3 years for attacking 66-year-old woman in Uptown (Plus other recent case resolutions)

Derrick Burke is heading to prison for his 15th felony sentence. | CPD; Google

Fourteen-time convicted felon Derrick Burke is now a fifteen-time convicted felon after he pleaded guilty to battering a 66-year-old woman on an Uptown’s playground last summer.

Burke pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery in a public place in exchange for the sentence and prosecutors’ agreement to drop two sexual abuse charges and three additional aggravated battery counts.

Judge James Obbish approved the deal and gave Burke credit for 327 days that he sat in jail before pleading guilty. After applying Illinois’ standard 50% sentence reduction for anticipated good behavior and time served, authorities set Burke’s parole date for Jan. 14th.

The woman was at the Buttercup Playlot, 4901 North Sheridan, shortly before noon on July 20th, 2018, when a local teenager approached and threatened to shoot her, according to police. At the same time, Burke punched a 49-year-old man who was with the woman in the head and neck. Burke then touched the woman inappropriately and then sexually abused her, police said at the time.

Burke, who had been released early from prison just two weeks before the attack, was arrested about 30 minutes later.

His prison sentences include eight-and-a-half years for burglary in 2012; two years for retail theft in 2009; two years for retail theft in 2008; six years for burglary in 2005; two years for retail theft in 2004; two years for retail theft in 2003; 18 months for retail theft in 2002; one year for retail theft in 2001; six years for burglary in 1996; three years for burglary in 1994; three years for robbery in 1988; another four years for burglary in 1988; and three years for burglary in 1983.

Timothy Marion is going to prison for his 14th felony: Robbing this Andersonville Walgreens | Google: CPD

Meanwhile, thirteen-time convicted felon Timothy Marion is now a fourteen-time convicted felon after pleading guilty to the armed robbery of an Andersonville Walgreens.

Judge Erica Reddick sentenced Marion to six years in prison with 462 days credit for time served in jail awaiting trial.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on March 20, 2018, Marion entered the store at 5440 North Clark and began loading merchandise into his backpack. When the store manager approached him, 45-year-old Marion pulled out a knife and allegedly told the employee “walk away… I’ll stab you,” according to police records.

Cops said they recovered a knife from Marion’s pants pocket when they took him into custody about a block from the store. He is a documented member of the Black P-Stones street gang, according to police.

Myra Berry and an unknown accomplice robbed a man in his Lincoln Park home. | CPD; Google

A Garfield Park woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for robbing a 69-year-old Lincoln Park man during a home invasion last year.

Myra Berry, 42, pleaded guilty to robbery of a victim over age 60 in a plea deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop home invasion, aggravated battery, and unlawful restraint charges. Judge Timothy Joyce gave Berry credit for 388 days time served in jail while awaiting trial.

The victim told police that two people rang his doorbell around 10:45 a.m. on March 28, 2018. Berry and an unknown man entered the victim’s home on the 2600 block of North Hampden Court and Berry restrained the victim’s arms while the man, known only as “C-Dog” punched the victim repeatedly in the head and took $840 cash from the residence, according to prosecutors.

Five months later, officers in the 18th (Near North) Police District who were assigned to monitor a police surveillance camera in the Old Town neighborhood saw Berry walking near the 300 block of West Evergreen and recognized her as a suspect in the home invasion. Patrol officers were dispatched to take her into custody. “C-Dog” remains at large.

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