Suspect has spent 17 of last 20 years in prison
BY LAUREN FITZPATRICK Sun-Times Media email@example.com November 4, 2011 5:06PM
John L. Wilson (left) has been charged with the murder of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin of Indian Head Park
Updated: December 6, 2011 8:27AM
John L. Wilson spent 17 of the last 20 years in prison, and had been on parole for just 11-1/2 months before his Wednesday arrest in the stabbing death of Kelli O’Laughlin, according to court and Illinois Department of Corrections records.
1991: In January, police spot Wilson dealing drugs and chase him, finding a total of 5 grams of heroin in several bags on him. Then in February, police who stop Wilson on Chicago’s South Side for traffic offenses discover the car he’s driving is stolen. They arrest him after a brief chase. He’s sentenced in August to a total of five years in prison.
1993: Wilson paroles out of prison in February. In June, he’s found at his home with eight packets of cocaine. While out on bond in November, he forces his way into the driver’s side of a car by pointing a gun at the driver’s head on Chicago’s South Side. He’s spotted a few hours later by police and crashes the car. While running from police, he drops his coat with the gun in it.
1994: In May he’s sentenced to a total of eight years for both the drug and carjacking cases. He’s sent to prison in June.
2001: While in prison in Downstate Pontiac, Wilson is charged and sentenced for aggravated battery of a prison guard. He paroles out in May but is sent back to prison July 19 for an apparent parole violation, though corrections officials couldn’t say exactly why Friday.
2002: Paroles out in June. In August, he steals the purse of a woman who tries to help him after he rams her car with his bike. As she’s going to give him money and bandages, he grabs her throat and her purse.
2003: Sentenced in May to 11 years in prison for unlawful vehicular invasion.
2010: Released on parole Nov. 16.