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Crime & Courts

DeKalb teen charged with attempted murder moved into adult lockup

John O. Contreras, 18, of DeKalb
John O. Contreras, 18, of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – John O. Contreras, accused of attempted murder and held on $300,000 bond, was moved from juvenile lockup to the DeKalb County jail Tuesday, and he also has a new lawyer, according to court records.

Contreras, who turned 18 on Tuesday, has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to charging documents, after he fired a gun multiple times Jan. 15 at an occupied vehicle near his home in the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive.

Contreras, of the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive in DeKalb, had been represented by a public defender, but Sycamore lawyer Riley Oncken was assigned to his case Tuesday because of conflict, court records show. DeKalb County First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein said the court was told the conflict lay in the fact that the public defender represents the victim in the case.

A conviction of attempted first-degree murder typically carries a sentence of 26 to 50 years in prison, according to the documents. Contreras also been charged with armed violence, which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years, criminal damage to property for the more than $500 in damage caused to the vehicle, aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession a gun without a firearm owner’s identification card, and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Contreras is due back in court at 9 a.m. April 4. If he posts $30,000 bail to get out, he’ll be placed on electronic home monitoring.

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