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Tuesday, December 17, 2013A 57-year-old convicted felon has been charged with weapons violations after Sheriff’s Police officers found ammunition in a candy box inside his apartment and an assault rifle and a bullet proof vest that appeared to have been thrown from the apartment’s 15th story window, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Jose NegreteJose Negrete’s bond was set at $200,000 during a court hearing on Friday at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building for the charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon with body armor.

At approximately 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, members of the Sheriff’s Gun Suppression Team and the Sheriff’s Hostage Barricade and Terrorist (HBT) Team executed a search warrant at a 15th story apartment in the 4300 block of W. Ford City Drive in Chicago. When members of the HBT team entered the apartment after announcing themselves and receiving no answer, they saw a man, later identified as Negrete, closing an open window with no screen.

A member of the Gun Suppression Team, who was positioned outside the building, found an assault rifle on the ground outside of the building, directly under the apartment’s window. A fully loaded magazine was found near the assault rifle, and a bullet proof vest was found in a bush directly under the apartment’s window.

During the search of the apartment, officers also found rounds of ammunition in a candy box.

Negrete was arrested at the apartment.

Negrete’s criminal history includes convictions for murder in 1980 and 1983 and a retail theft conviction in 2003.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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