Police in Lake County discovered a violent offender against youth who has been convicted of a crime, is on parole and is currently being detained on a $500,000 bond. William B. Lewis, 29, of Naperville, was accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver, aggravated unlawful use of a firearm, exceeding the speed limit by 26 to 34 mph, and unlawful possession of marijuana by a driver.
According to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Francis DeRosa, an officer on patrol on Monday on Interstate 94 in Lake County recorded Lewis’ vehicle speeding 105 mph in a 65 mph zone and into a 45 mph construction zone. During a traffic stop, Lewis admitted that the officer could smell fresh marijuana emanating from the car.
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DeRosa stated during a bond hearing on Tuesday that Lewis pointed to the centre console and said the marijuana was within. A safe was hidden within a book bag that was discovered. According to DeRosa, the officer shook the safe and heard a sizable metallic object within. Because the safe’s keys were broken, a dog was dispatched to the site. On the safe, the dog delivered a successful alert.
The safe, which contained a gun and additional marijuana, was opened by the officers, according to DeRosa, using a crowbar and a sledgehammer. It was discovered that the pistol, a Springfield Armory XD 45, had been stolen from Alabama. According to DeRosa, the weapon had a laser sight and a fully loaded magazine.
According to state data, Lewis has a criminal record. In 2010 for an incident in St. Clair County, he was found guilty of aggravated battery resulting in grave bodily harm and given a two-year jail term. Lewis was later found guilty of an armed house invasion in DuPage County in 2012 and given an 18-year jail term. In December 2020, he received parole.
Additionally, according to state records, Lewis is listed as a murderer and violent offender against children in the database for the home invasion case where the victim was a young child. Lewis was ordered to be jailed on a $500,000 bond by Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak after he was informed of Lewis’ criminal record. Lewis is still being held and his release from the Lake County Jail would require $50,000 in cash. On November 10, a preliminary hearing is scheduled.
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