16-time felon, shot in the butt during Uptown burglary, gets 6-year sentence

Christopher L Johnson | IDOC

A 16-time convicted felon who was shot in the butt while burglarizing an Uptown home in 2019 has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of residential burglary.

But, after getting the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit for the time he spent sitting in jail before entering his plea, Christopher Lee Johnson will be released on May 6, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

Johnson received a 14-year sentence for his last burglary conviction in 2009 and he was on parole for that case when he allegedly forced his way into an Uptown man’s apartment through a sliding glass door on May 24, 2019.

The victim, a licensed firearm owner, confronted Johnson inside the apartment on the 800 block of West Lakeside Place and fired a shot that struck Johnson in the buttocks, according to a CPD report.

Prosecutors dropped two counts of home invasion with a dangerous weapon and six residential burglary charges in their plea deal with Johnson. Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer oversaw the case and sentenced Johnson.

Two weeks before he was shot, Chicago police arrested Johnson after he allegedly broke into a garage in Uptown. He was released after being charged with two misdemeanors. Those charges were pending when he committed the ill-fated burglary on Lakeside Place.

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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