Cambridge man sentenced on gun charge


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Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2012, 11:13 pm
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By Lisa Hammer rlhammer@qconline.com
CAMBRIDGE — Jack Capps, 34, of Cambridge, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison on a Class 3 felony charge of possession of firearms by a felon.

In September, he entered a guilty plea to having the guns in a car with him, and in exchange for his guilty plea, the state's attorney's office agreed to a cap of four years. He will also have one year mandatory supervised release.

Imposing the sentence, Judge Charles "Casey" Stengel said Mr. Capps had been in the Department of Corrections or in jail for 73 percent of his life since turning 17.

"We're only here because of you, Jack. You have just completely messed up your life. It's going to be hard for you to overcome," said the judge.

Assistant State's Attorney Brian Kerr listed Mr. Capps' criminal record, which includes seven counts of burglary, and said Mr. Capps was not taking responsibility for this most recent crime he pled guilty to. He pointed out that at age 34 he had been sentenced to at least 34 years in prison, and that he had been on conditional discharge in Rock Island County when this offense occurred.
"He's been sentenced for at least every year he's been alive," he said.

Mr. Capps addressed the judge, noting he wanted to be a father to his girlfriend's son and daughter and his own baby on the way. He recalled his bad luck in a car accident that put him in a wheelchair, and dashed his hopes of coaching wrestling.

He also noted he was a former volunteer firefighter. His attorney, Daniel Dalton, mentioned head trauma Mr. Capps had suffered in a car accident and asked the judge to consider probation because his client has a dependent.

"I'm sorry you were in a bad car accident," said the judge, "but you just never know what's going to happen in life, Jack. I just have to look at the past and look at your past and you're just not getting it."



















 



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