Reporting Suzanne Le Mignot
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CHICAGO (CBS) – Who is John L. Wilson Jr., the Chicago man accused of killing an Indian Head Park teenager last week?
The 38-year-old has an extensive arrest and incarceration record. In fact, he’s spent only three of the past 17 years a free man, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
Law enforcement records show Wilson has gone by numerous aliases: James Rolling. John Felton. James Willis. John Washington.
His criminal record in Cook County is lengthy.
In 1991, he served five years after being convicted in two separate cases involving burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle with intent to sell.
In 1991 and 1993, Wilson was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. The charges were later dropped.
In 1993, Wilson served a year in jail for felony possession of a controlled substance.
That same year, he started serving a seven-year sentence for vehicular hijacking and armed violence.
And in 2002, Wilson pleaded guilty to vehicle invasion and robbery. The following year, he started serving an 11-year prison sentence but was behind bars for only about eight years before being released.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says sentencing laws allow early releases for some offenses.
M.C. Campbell, a family member of Wilson’s, expressed surprise at the news Miller was charged in the stabbing death of Kelli O’Laughlin, 14.
“We didn’t believe none of that,” he said. “You know of course you’re going to say I can’t believe this, this can’t be the guy we raised.”