Prosecutor: 2 sentenced to boot camp weren’t eligible for program
BY FRANK MAIN AND JON SEIDEL Staff Reporters December 16, 2013 4:42PM
Jemarcus Haymon | Photo courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: January 18, 2014 6:22AM
A Cook County prosecutor told a judge Monday that two young men sentenced to boot camp weren’t eligible for the program — and will likely have their charges reinstated and face resentencing.
State law says the boot camp at the Cook County Jail is only for nonviolent offenders. Last month, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation revealed that hundreds of violent offenders have been sentenced to boot camp since 2006.
Judge Diane Cannon sentenced Jemarcus Haymon and Daquel Martin to the boot camp, an alternative to prison with a focus on rehabilitation. Haymon, 18, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery after a robbery charge was dismissed. Martin, 17, pleaded guilty to burglary. Both crimes are considered forcible felonies.
Following the Sun-Times investigation, sheriff’s authorities questioned whether Haymon, Martin and dozens of other inmates should be allowed in the boot camp. Last week, Sheriff Tom Dart sent letters to judges asking them to confirm that the boot camp sentences for 52 inmates — including Haymon and Martin — were proper.
Cannon quickly responded to Dart’s office that she intended to resentence Haymon and Martin, officials said. So far, court hearings have been set for nine of the 52 inmates for possible resentencing. Those inmates have been in jail waiting for placement in the boot camp.
Cannon wasn’t in court Monday, but Judge Mauricio Araujo handled her cases. Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jim Murphy told Araujo that Haymon and Martin were ineligible for boot camp and Arajuo set a Jan. 6 hearing for them.
Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, said some inmates sentenced to boot camp could wind up being resentenced to probation or prison.
“If a guilty plea is withdrawn as the result of a negotiated plea and sentence being vacated, all charges that may have been dismissed as the result of the plea will be reinstated,” Daly said.
“Whether or not the defendant will end up getting probation or a prison sentence after a subsequent guilty plea or guilty verdict will be determined case by case,” she said.