Grand Jury Indicts Deerfield Teens
Charges in formal indictment against Joseph Mahoney and Josh Norris for Highland Park home invasion and other crimes total more than 100 possible years in jail.
Two Deerfield teenagers charged as adults with August burglaries in both Highland Park and Deerfield were indicted Wednesday on 10 separate counts each by the Lake County Grand Jury, according to Patricia Fix, the chief of the felony trial division in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office.
Joshua Norris and Joseph Mahoney, both 17, were charged with 10 separate offenses each, which total more than 100 years of possible jail time, according to Fix. They are both accused of the same offenses.
The indictment includes home invasion with a weapon, residential burglary, conspiracy to commit a possible burglary, unlawful use of a stolen firearm, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, possession of a stolen firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
The most serious accusations, according to Fix, are the two counts of home invasion of a home in the 3000 block of Parkside in Highland Park, a Class X felony carrying a six- to 30-year prison sentence.
“We can add an additional 15 years if we prove aggravation,” she said.
Mahoney and Norris are also charged with one count of residential burglary for breaking into the Highland Park home Aug. 2 and two more for taking a gun Aug. 1 from a house in the 900 block of North Avenue in Deerfield, according to information from the Deerfield and Highland Park Police departments.
The residential burglary claims are Class 1 felonies carrying a possible four- to 15-year prison sentence. Neither those charges nor the home invasion accusations can result in probation, according to Fix.
The conspiracy count as well as the stolen weapons offenses are Class 2 felonies. They could result in three to seven years of jail time, according to Fix. Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon is a Class 4 felony which could lead to one to three years in prison. These charges can result in probation.
Norris and Mahoney are scheduled to appear in Lake County Criminal Court at 9 a.m. Sept. 27 for arraignment on the charges. At that time, they can enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, according to Fix.