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Judge Suggests Probation Possible in Teen Burglary Case

Lawyers tell judge resolution of charges may be near for Deerfield teens arrested for invading Highland Park home.

A Lake County Criminal Court judge told two Deerfield teenagers charged with invading a Highland Park home and other offenses he may consider probation during a pretrial hearing today in Waukegan.

Joshua Norris and Joseph Mahoney, both 18, of Deerfield were indicted September 10 on charges including home invasion with a weapon of a Highland Park home in August, residential burglary and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Earlier: Grand Jury Indicts Deerfield Teens

“Sometimes in cases like this I consider probation and in other cases the person is going to go to prison,” Judge Daniel Shanes said to Norris.

Norris told Shanes he understood. Before letting Norris know jail and probation were potential options he asked him how things have been going since August. “I’m learning a lot,” Norris said.

Before Shanes had separate conversations with the two defendants, Mahoney attorney Chris Cronson told Shanes a resolution of the case was possible this month. “We’ve been in discussions and are close to a resolution,” Cronson said.

Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney Steve Scheller agreed. “We are contemplating a resolution,” he said.

After the lawyers briefed Shanes, the judge turned his attention to Mahoney, the first of the two defendants to appear before him.

“One of the things that’s important in cases like this is how you are doing on bond (and in) the program at Omni,” Shanes said. “If you have success there the better the possibility you succeed at probation.”

Shanes continued the pretrial to 9 a.m. Feb. 28 in Waukegan. The case is currently set for trial March 4.

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The Q February 05, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Army sounds like a good choice for these two......prison is a mistake.
Bryce Robertson February 05, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Not excusing what they did, but the "victim" family has issues of their own to deal with... this wasn't a random home invasion - specifically, the two boys pictured above were trying to rob their drug dealer, who happened to be their age but a student at HPHS (not DHS, like them). So, if there's any sleepless nights in that house, maybe they'll focus on getting their kid the help he needs. Nobody was innocent in this mess; there were no typical "victims".
RonnieTheLimoDriver February 06, 2013 at 12:49 AM
With all the talk in our country about doing something about gun violence, giving these guys probation would be a huge mistake. THEY STOLE A GUN AND ROBBED A HOUSE. It doesn't matter if the victim was accused of selling drugs. Another example of not enforcing the laws we have on firearms. These are not sweet little boys. These are criminals and I do not want them in our community. I personally, am not concerned about what is best for the 2 crooks. I am concerned about what is best for Deerfield and Highland Park. Commit the crime, do the time.
RonnieTheLimoDriver February 06, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Bryce, you forgot about the other victim we know about. These idiots stole a gun from an innocent family.
Lou February 06, 2013 at 05:11 PM
What is the best course before these men are released back into society? Prison, with its inherent dangers and isolation, or, probation with a real chance of rehabilitation? Each and every criminal short of those who receive life sentences or the death penalty, return to their homes, neighborhoods, schools and/or communities to interact with just about the same individuals again. Probation would afford these men a chance to start over and also offer the community a chance to watch over them and maybe assist in their rehabilitation. None of us is perfect and I believe the judge, by considering probation, is making the right decision. Yes, the homeowner was scared and if he suffered he could sue in civil court. But, no physical injuries occurred even though they could have. I hope these two understand this compassionate judge's aims and the gift they could receive.
tedsmithdds February 06, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Forced anal in a prison shower sounds like a better choice for these two I am not a fan of taking robbers and dealers and sending them to protect my freedom.
Benny G. February 06, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Typical Patch readers totally out of touch with anything real. Back in the 70's this "crime" happened 3 times a week. All you have to do is say "gun" or "drugs" and all the Patchies get all wadded up. North Shore white kids smoking weed and running around HP doing stupid stuff as a result is as far from any "big league" as possible. Look at the picture of these two heinous felons! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Benny G. February 06, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Saul Epton would of had the parents donate money to the Boys Clubs of America case closed...
Eagle February 07, 2013 at 05:56 AM
Ronnie, the judge is trying to weigh the options to do what is right for the kids. And they ARE kids. Lou (below) makes a good point. Putting them in jail to integrate into a prison population is not going to benefit them. By allowing them to get professional help and guidance to steer them in the right direction, that is allowing them the opportunity to turn their lives around. If they violate the probation, I agree with you. As far as "stealing" the gun and "robbing" a house, you do not know all of the facts. This has been a stressful situation for everyone. It is wrong for you to rant on about this situation and especially the kids, when you are on the outside looking in. Calling them crooks when they have not been convicted in a court of law is also defamatory.
Eagle February 07, 2013 at 06:15 AM
Real, What are you talking about "bullying family"? Which family is accused of bullying? I never heard that before. You must have some additional information that no one know about! Or, are you taking the facts and twisting them? Yeah, I do know that this was not the first issue with the "kid". I do know that he is not a "thug" or a "criminal". The kid needs help and has been getting it. He also is not a changed person, yet. It will take time and effort from him and his parents to straighten out his issues, with the help of trained councillors. Putting him in jail is not going to solve the issue and can cause quite a few more. As far as my "tone", it bothers me that people who don't know the facts, want to throw these kids in jail and portray them out to be Public Enemy #1. What they did was wrong and needs to be dealt with. The judge needs to look at all of the FACTS and determine if Incarcerating them is the best situation for these two. It is my opinion that therapy and rehabilitation seems to be a better solution. If for any reason, either of these two do not take this seriously or violates the conditions set forth, I am in agreement, harsher measures should be pursued. It is real easy for people to run their mouths off, many times not knowing the facts. Making statements of half truth. Fact is, it is not helpful to the situation, all.
Eagle February 07, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Are you dealing drugs? Do you know the "fuggin" situation?
Eagle February 07, 2013 at 06:22 AM
Fedup, There are other circumstances you are not aware of. This was not a random home invasion. Don't get me wrong, what they did was wrong. I do agree with your second paragraph. A second chance is what is best for them, but if abused or ignored, should be dealt with accordingly.
Eagle February 07, 2013 at 06:35 AM
Ronnie, you do not know all of the FACTS about how the gun was obtained. Does it make you feel better to call these two idiots? Why all of the degrading? What they did was wrong, calling them idiots and making derogatory comments about them really doesn't provide value to the blog. Forest, the fact is they are not of color or from a poorer city. Fortunately, they have parents who care and are working with people to understand the implications of this issue as well as other issues they are facing. We all hope that they learned something from this. I am with you, it would be terrible for these two to not learn from what has happened and wind up in a similar or worse situation down the line if they get a second chance.
texsunstar February 07, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Eagle-sounds like you must be the attorney for one of the defendants. why don't you identify your relationship since you seem to have a lot of knowledge as well as A LOT to say...
Keeping them honest February 07, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Eagle already identified that he knows the family and knows the steps they are taking to assist their son in getting the help he needs to get his life in order. Many of you here seem to be throwing around a lot of accusations without a lot of facts. As Bryce said, not that it excuses what BOTH boys did, but this was not a random home invasion; if it was, it would be a whole different story and I would say throw them in prison. This was TWO high school boys trying to scare their high school drug dealer - with a gun that a friend said they could take from his house, not one that they stole. Was this an incredibly stupid action by two high school boys? Without a doubt. Should they go to prison and, as tedsmithdds so compassionately stated, endure "forced anal in a prison shower" and come out of prison years from now completely screwed up? I think not... and fortunately the judge seems to agree.
Benny G. February 07, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Hey Moe, have another drink bro. Your flare for drama is duly noted. Say hi to Bobby for me. This drug dealer had to be a buddy of theirs that they smoked weed with in the past. Such hyperbole.
Moe @ the Buck February 07, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Benny, thanks boo boo. How come You don't come and say hi to Bobby yourself? He's there every morning. What should I say, Benny G says hi. He'll say "who"? I'll say "Benny G".he'll say "who the f#@* is that? I'll say "I don't know, he's your buddy". He'll say" Benny G,Benny G, wait a minute, that's the f&?#&#+ C%*$@%?#?r that owes me money! You know my ol'buddy Bob. Sorry if my comments above weren't too your liking. You want to see drama, come up to Highwood on a Friday night. Tons of drama all over town.
Moe @ the Buck February 08, 2013 at 12:01 AM
I struck those dramatic comments for you too. Quite frankly, I don't really care what happens to these guys. I'm moving to a happier story, like the bear laying on the rock. See you at the Buck!
Benny G. February 08, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Moe Moe lost in the fog. Boiled as an owl. MoeMoe, the only thing at the Bucky are the cockroaches that scatter everywhere when the lights come on.
Moe @ the Buck February 08, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Benny G! That's it, no more hot dogs or hamburgers for you. Im just kidding. Your welcome anytime. I'll tell bobby you said hi. If it weren't for the cockroaches of Highwood, our jobs wouldn't be so exciting.
Eagle February 09, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Actually, I am a friend of theirs and am sick of people making comments that are not factual. I may sound like an attorney because I expect people that make comments to make factual statements and not twist the truth. For some reason, people troll this blog, when they don't even live in the community or were affected by the events that took place. It is hard for me to understand why people on patch "get off" by embellishing on incorrect statements, just to hear (or see) themselves speak. I think these two kids made a mistake. They have issues and are getting help. Hopefully, with the proper help and guidance, they can be an asset to society, instead of a drain. Throwing them in jail at 18, without trying to rehabilitate them would be a waste.
texsunstar February 09, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Thank you for the clarification and for explaining your relationship. I agree that there are way too many people who comment on Patch just to see their names in print. And the sad part is that these people make no sense most of the time!
TRUTH February 20, 2013 at 08:18 PM
WHITE PRIVILEGE, CLEAR PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
texsunstar February 20, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Truth speaks the truth...
Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:12 AM
The Military? The Military doesn't want these criminals. Serving one's country is a privilege not a punishment and what they did was against the law and they should be sent to jail.
Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:12 AM
The Military? The Military doesn't want these criminals. Serving one's country is a privilege not a punishment and what they did was against the law and they should be sent to jail
Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:19 AM
The Army isn't a punishment and just because the parents failed to raise decent human beings doesn't mean they get the honor of protecting our freedoms.
Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:26 AM
I agree completely, if these kids were minorities and couldn't afford a good lawyer they would already be in prison.
Edward Richarson February 28, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Eagle the lack of it being not being "random" is irrelevant. They are 18 years old that means by law they are adults and should be treated like so. In life you do not get second chances, what if they shot someone in that house? Oh it would be okay because the kid in the house sold dime bags of weed so that means he was a criminal too. But they should get a second chance because they are white and there parents can afford to send them to college so its okay judge. Such bullshit I hope these criminals break there parole and get sent to jail. Because that's where they deserve to go.
shirley March 03, 2013 at 09:45 AM
regardless of who they were trying to rob, they took a weapon into someone's home to rob them. they are not kids, they are adults and as such should be punished accordingly. they can repent and they can get help as it sounds like they're getting through a program they've been ordered to attend. however, the committed a serious crime and should be punished for that crime. probation hardly seems adequate.

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