BEVERLY — The 50-year-old man caught burglarizing a home in North Beverly on Sunday has a long criminal history and was out of prison only days before breaking into the home, authorities said.
And Darryl Williams' history with the criminal justice system apparently taught him enough about his rights: Police said as he was being given his Miranda warning in the police station he said, "I'm not answering anything, because I know I'm guilty as sh--."
Williams, of South Shore was arrested at 7:25 a.m. on Sunday after breaking into a house in the 9200 block of South Winchester Avenue in North Beverly. He appeared on bond court on Tuesday and Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil ordered him held on $200,000 bail.
Howard Ludwig says Ald. O'Shea is speaking out about Williams:
Williams is charged with both felony residential burglary and felony possession of burglary tools.
It's hardly the first time Williams has been charged with a crime. In fact, he's been tied to dozens of cases in Cook County dating to 1989.
This time, a police officer caught Williams red-handed as he left the house in North Beverly carrying a jewelry box.
Police were tipped off by a home security alarm and later found the back door had been kicked in. Williams also had a screwdriver, believed to be used in the break-in, police said. A stash of valuables from inside the home — including a small television, briefcase and binoculars — was found nearby.
To make matters worse, Williams was out on parole when he was arrested. He was convicted in a 2012 aggravated battery case and sentenced to five years in prison. He was released on Jan. 26 — less than a week before the Beverly break-in.
Prior to his 2012 conviction, Williams was sentenced to 12 years in prison after a felony conviction in June 1996 related to possession of a stolen vehicle.
He was convicted of six felony residential burglaries in May 1990 and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
His record is also littered with misdemeanors, including convictions for criminal trespassing, domestic battery and simple assault.
Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th) said among Williams' many convictions is a residential burglary in 1982 in the 9300 block of South Winchester Avenue in Beverly — less than a block from where he was caught on Sunday.
And while O'Shea is concerned that his ward has been targeted, he was more interested in the failures in the criminal justice system that has seen Williams in and out of jail since 1982.
The alderman's staff said they are pushing for the state's attorney to have Williams declared ineligible for parole. This would put him back behind bars for the remainder of his current sentence or until 2017.
The alderman also wants Williams to receive the maximum punishment related to his latest burglary.
"This is a bad guy, who should not be out on the street," O'Shea said.
Williams is scheduled to appear in court next at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the branch court at 727 E. 111th St. in Pullman.
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