CHICAGO — A twice-convicted murderer is back in jail after sheriff's police found ammunition hidden in a candy box in his apartment, and a bullet-proof vest and rifle that appeared to be tossed out the window, Sheriff Tom Dart said.
Jose Negrete, 57, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon with body armor after sheriff's police executed a search warrant in his 15th-floor apartment inthe 4300 block of West Ford City Drive in West Lawn.
On Thursday at about 12:50 p.m., the Sheriff's Gun Suppression Team and Hostage Barricade and Terrorist Team entered Negrete's apartment. While executing the search warrant, they saw a man, later identified as Negrete, close an open window with no screen, Dart said in a statement.
One of the gun suppression team members, standing outside the building, found an assault rifle on the ground beneath the apartment's window. A fully loaded magazine was found nearby, as was a bullet-proof vest, Dart said.
While searching the apartment, sheriff's police also found rounds of ammunition in a candy box, officials said.
Negrete was arrested and charged. He appeared in court Friday, and was ordered held on $200,000 bond.
He was convicted of murder in 1980 and 1983, and retail theft in 2003.