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DATE: September 25, 2015
CASE: Deon Hampton
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Michelle Becker, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
The Honorable Steve White sentenced 28- year-old Deon Hampton to 15 years in prison. On August 14, 2015, a jury convicted Hampton of evading an officer with willful disregard for the safety of other persons and two counts of child abuse.
Hampton is a known Oak Park Blood gang member who was on parole at the time of this offense. On October 1, 2014, Hampton was seen getting into a car with his 9-year-old son and his girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter. A marked patrol car attempted to stop Hampton in his vehicle and Hampton fled from the officer. Hampton drove at a high rate of speed in heavy commuter traffic and ran a stop sign at a busy intersection, nearly colliding with two vehicles.
Task force members responded to Hampton’s apartment and saw Hampton run into the apartment with the two children. Hampton refused to come out of the apartment, resulting in a four hour stand-off with SWAT while the kids were inside. Afterwards, a search of the apartment revealed two loaded firearm magazines.
Hampton has two prior felony firearm convictions. In 2009, he was convicted of a strike, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon while involved in gang activity. In 2007, he was convicted of carrying an unregistered concealed firearm.
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