Judge Warns Deerfield Teens After Not Guilty Plea

Josh Norris and Joseph Mahoney plead not guilty to home invasion with a firearm and other charges in Lake County Criminal Court. Judge issues warning about following rules set forth for bail.

Immediately after pleading not guilty to 10 separate felony charges, two Deerfield teenagers accused of invading a Highland Park home Aug. 2 with a stolen shotgun got a warning from Lake County Criminal Court Judge Daniel Shanes Thursday at their arraignment in Waukegan.

In separate hearings 90 minutes apart, Josh Norris, 18, and Joseph Mahoney, 17, of Deerfield, told Shanes they were pleading not guilty to which could lead to more than 100 years in jail if convicted on all counts and given consecutive sentences.

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“I don’t know of any 18-year-old who can get their arms around 21 to 46 years,” Shanes said to Norris referring to the home invasion count with a firearm. “Home invasion is the most serious of these charges because of the use of a firearm. If you are convicted it’s six to 30 years. Because of the firearm, if they can prove it, I have to add 15 years.”

When talking to Mahoney, Shanes made the same point in a different way. “That’s longer than you’ve been alive,” the judge told Mahoney when describing the potential 21 to 46-year sentence for home invasion with a firearm.

Shanes let both Mahoney and Norris, who are free on $150,000 bond each, know they must strictly adhere to the terms of their bail or face incarceration while they await trial. Mahoney told the judge he is living in his parents’ home.

“You have to follow their rules as well as my rules,” Shanes said. “If I find you violated their rules I will find you violated my rules. If you break those rules you may stay in jail (until your trial).”

Norris’s attorney, Robert Gevirtz, told Shanes that Norris is attending an out of state therapeutic boarding school and asked the judge to continue to allow that. He agreed but made it clear to Norris he must adhere to all rules.

“I suspect it’s doing you some good,” Shanes said to Norris of the school. “If you violate the rules of the school you violate the court’s rules.”

Shanes also let both Mahoney and Norris know the terms of their bond had a twofold purpose. “It’s to keep the public safe and keep you out of trouble,” Shanes said to Mahoney. “If you break them you stay in jail.

Norris and Mahoney will return to Lake County Court at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 for a pre trial with the case currently set for trial Dec. 10 in Waukegan.

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David Greenberg October 01, 2012 at 10:16 PM
No that's not the message we send, and especially not by my logic. Killing someone in the process is not a slap on the wrist. Different crimes have different sentences - set by the Legislature. Take up the issue with your Legislator.
l0udm0uth October 02, 2012 at 02:01 AM
What if these two were black? There would probably be calls for the death penalty, certainly no sympathy or suggestions of five year terms. Dont even try to say that would not be the case cause you know it would be. In the northern suburbs, other than Waukegan, if you are black you just better stay away or risk harassment by police. Same goes for mexicans & other latinos unless you are towing a landscaping trailer. If these little teens cant do the time they should'nt have comitted the crimes.
Mr. Friendly October 09, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Throw the book at them - this act was blatantly CRIMINAL in nature, and no 17-year old person would ever believe it to be anything else. Making generalizations about the human brain based on the age of these criminals is fallacy and excuse making. Fact is, these young men are expected to use the bounty of gifts they have been given (education, safe community to grow up in, sports) in a positive, productive way - not to develop plans for dangerous, highly criminal behavior. Brain development? These kids are products of one of the best school systems the state has.... their brains were developed enough to steal what they felt they needed to invade someone's home- in this case it was a gun. If you are delusional enough to think these kids will magically turn into productive citizens after demonstrating this kind of judgment, well, I have a bridge for sale. Ask yourself this: If these young men had gotten away from the police and not been caught, what might they have done next? They'd have gotten whatever they were after inside that home, and because of the stolen gun, would now have been empowered to "up the ante".... what would have been their next great idea? I'd be willing to bet it would not have been to organize a bake sale with that rifle.
it doesn't matter February 02, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Everyone deserves a second chance..they are guilty and do deserve to be punished by society but it just doesnt make sence to throw two kids' lives away for a mistake they made..especially if no one was hurt..God should be the only one to judge man..not a man with a robe..nobody on earth is perfect and no one is an angel but over 100 years does not make sence when real killers gey out of prison for taking peoples lives in under 20 years..everyone doesn't work for Illinois..but the people who do need to understand murder/homicide/manslaughter is the worst thing you can do..people make mistakes..and no one should be put in prison for life if no life was tooken!!!
Adolf Hitler February 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Your so hot. Is that your eHarmony picture? Geez you should be a model.. That lazy eye of yours....


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