17-time convicted felon who apologized for startling a Chicago woman as he burglarized her home, gets a 6-year sentence

Christopher Johnson | Cook County sheriff’s office

CHICAGO — A 17-time convicted felon who apologized for startling an Edgewater woman while burglarizing her apartment has been sentenced to five years in prison for the crime.

Christopher Johnson, 46, pleaded guilty to residential burglary before Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer, according to court records.

Johnson was on parole for his 16th felony prison sentence, a 6-year stint he earned for residential burglary in 2019 when he decided to burglarize the woman’s apartment in the 6200 block of North Wayne.

Prosecutors said the victim was sleeping in her garden unit when she heard a noise outside her bedroom window around 10:11 p.m. on February 19, 2023.

Moments later, she saw someone enter feet-first through one of her windows. She jumped out of bed, ran out the back door, and went to a friend’s house to call the police, officials said.

Chicago police officers found Johnson near the woman’s back door. He fled, but cops apprehended him a half-block away. They discovered property outside their building belonging to the woman and her roommate, who was out of town.

Johnson apologized to police officers for scaring the woman, officials said.

His next parole date is set for August 14, 2025.

His 2019 burglary started as a home invasion case, but he pleaded that down, according to court records. His earlier felony convictions, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records, include burglary in 2009 (14 years); possession of contraband in a penal institution in 2009 (6 years); four thefts in 2007 (concurrent three-year terms); narcotics cases in 2006 and 2005 (18 months and three years, respectively); burglary in 2003 (three years); attempted burglary in 2002 (three years); two narcotics cases in 2000 (two years and one year); theft in 1999 (three years); and two narcotics cases in 1997 (concurrent three-year terms).

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