Feds give felon 6+ years for having AK-47 at Belmont Red Line station

Jordan Watkins (inset) was arrested on the Belmont Red Line CTA platform. | CPD; File

A convicted felon has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for carrying a loaded AK-47 at the Belmont Red Line station two years ago.

Jordan Watkins, 31, was arrested after officers responded to a 911 caller’s report that a man “has a gun on him and, like, a really big clip” around 6:30 a.m. on July 29, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said today. Responding officers found Watkins on the southbound platform with the rifle strapped around his neck and ammunition magazines in a messenger bag.

Watkins was on parole for armed robbery at the time of the incident. State prosecutors initially charged him with being a felon in possession of a weapon and being an armed habitual criminal. The federal prosecutors later filed a federal case against him, and Watkins last year pleaded guilty to one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood sentenced Watkins yesterday to six years and four months in federal prison, prosecutors said.

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