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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man facing habitual armed criminal charge in jail on $255K bond

Kenneth J. Neal
Kenneth J. Neal

SYCAMORE – A 26-year-old DeKalb man charged with being an armed habitual criminal is in the DeKalb County Jail on $255,000 bond.

Kenneth J. Neal, of the 900 block of Ridge Drive, was picked up Monday in Cook County on a $250,000 warrant issued May 18 in DeKalb County for multiple felony charges stemming from an April 29 arrest: possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated use of a weapon by a felon and illegal possession of ammunition and a firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identification card.

If convicted of the most serious offense, habitual armed criminal, Neal could face six to 30 years in prison.

DeKalb police said that Neal was one of five people arrested or cited during a morning traffic stop April 29, and that a loaded handgun was found in the car. Neal wasn’t charged initially, but an investigation revealed he’d possessed the gun the night before the traffic stop, Sgt. Craig Weese said Wednesday.

Neal also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on an obstruction of justice charge. Court records show that when he was found walking in the 1000 block of West Hillcrest Drive in December, police found marijuana and a digital scale in his pockets, and that Neal told them he’d previously been on parole for dealing heroin.

When the officer asked to see his cellphone to check for text messages about drug deals, Neal refused, and when the officer arrested him, he spiked his phone on the ground, breaking it. Neal’s bond in that case is $5,000.

Neal said in court Tuesday that he plans to hire an attorney. In the interim, public defender Tom McCulloch filed a motion to reduce Neal’s bond Tuesday, court records show.

Neal will be back in court at 9 a.m. July 14.

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