CLINTON — A man pleaded guilty last week to a felony weapons charge.
Kristopher G. Mitchell, 40, of Fulton, Illinois, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, a Class D felony. The plea is an open plea. The court is not bound by the State’s recommendations. The State will not seek enhancement as a habitual offender as originally charged. Sentencing is set for 9:30 a.m. March 22.
According to the affidavit, at 11:50 a.m. Feb. 5, 2017, an officer observed Mitchell driving a vehicle. The officer recognized Mitchell from a call less than 30 minutes earlier. Mitchell at the previous location told the officer he did not have a license. Mitchell was driving through alleys and was last observed eastbound in the 400 block alley between Fifth and Sixth avenues south.
The affidavit states the officer observed Mitchell exit the driver’s door and walk toward an apartment building. The officer approached Mitchell and ordered him to remain outside. Mitchell was told the officer would have to secure him in his squad car until they were able to verify his identification.
Mitchell allegedly became nervous and asked if he had to go to the squad. An officer asked Mitchell if he was carrying a gun. Mitchell became quiet and began to look around. The officer lifted Mitchell’s coat and observed the grip of a handgun protruding from Mitchell’s waistband. Mitchell was placed against his vehicle and the handgun was removed. Mitchell was placed in handcuffs and asked if he had a permit. Mitchell allegedly would not answer the officers’ questions. A criminal history and weapons permit inquiry were requested.
The affidavit states during a search of Mitchell, an officer located a glass pipe with suspected burnt methamphetamine and residue. Mitchell’s criminal history revealed a domestic assault conviction on Dec. 8, 2003; a felony domestic assault conviction on July 29, 2010; and other domestic convictions in Illinois. Mitchell during an interview later at the jail made admissions to driving the car and knowingly concealing/possessing a handgun when he was not allowed to do so.