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At 33, Johnny doesn’t blame anyone but himself for the poor choices he’s made in his life. As a juvenile, he shot a man during a robbery. Then, in 2000, Johnny and three others robbed a Peoria bank. He was arrested and sentenced to just over 10 years in federal prison. Thanks to the Peoria Park District’s ELITE Youth Program, the ex-offender is focused on being a positive role model for area youth by exhibiting behavior that is productive, not destructive. 

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Wow, shot a man during a robbery. Then robbed a bank (probably with a gun) and all he got was 10 years of free rent, food, and shelter.
And i see know hes a hero for helping kids. LOL.
This is the problem with the state of illinois, he should have been sentenced to life for shooting a man and trying to KILL him. But he got out after serving a couple years, commited dozens more crimes, and then robbed a BANK. And all this before he was 33. No wonder kids dont care about gun crimes, they know it will be fine in 10-15 years.
This man is a horrible example to kids, and he should be locked up.

 

Here's our reply to john q public's above comment:

As a result of Don’t Shoot, there’s a partnership like never before among federal, state and local law enforcement. That means prosecuting offenders to the fullest extent of the law, including enacting little-used charges like membership in a criminal street gang and unlawful contact with a street gang member. Those additional charges translate to longer prison sentences, more time away from loved ones. The days of shooting someone or even worse—killing someone—and doing a short stint behind bars are over. Same goes for associating with known gang members. The crackdown has started and it’s all part of the joint effort to put an end to gun violence and shootings in our city.

And individuals who commit to making a change for the better deserve a second chance—individuals like Johnny. Kudos to him for having the guts to take responsibility for the poor choices he’s made in his past and entrusting the ELITE Youth Program to help him become a better person. We only wish more ex-offenders were like him.

 

JOHNNY...... I TRUELY AM PROUD OF U........ ONLY PEOPLE CAN LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES ARE THE 1'S WHO TRUELY ARE WILLIN 2 LEARN.... U ARE A GREAT EXAMPLE 2 DA BLACK COMMUNITY.... WE NEED MORE MEN 2 UNDERSTAND THEIR MISTAKES THAN TRY 2 FIGURE OUT A WAY 2 MANIPULATE THEIR MISTAKES...... I SALUTE U..... BIG HOMIE.... AND U GIVE MEN LIKE ME A CHANCE 2 UNDERSTAND DAT NEGATIVITY WILL NEVER BRING POSITIVITY..... IM GLAD U GOT A 2ND CHANCE.... AND U HAVE A POSITIVE OUTCOME.... U ARE DA SH*T...... #BIF........