YORKVILLE -- Kendall County Joseph Voiland sentenced Deverick Alex, 28, of the 2100 block of E. 99th St., Chicago, to an eight-year prison term after he plead guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of contraband in a penal institution, according to a press release issued Nov. 7 by the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office.
Alex was originally charged last March when he was found in possession of a sharpened weapon, commonly referred to as a shank, while being housed at the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville.
According to the press release, Alex, who was awaiting trial on other charges in Cook County, threatened to use the shank unless he was transferred back to the Cook County Jail. Kendall County Sheriff's Deputies were able to convince Alex to surrender the weapon and he was handcuffed without incident or injury to anyone.
Alex plead guilty to the charge in June.
At the sentencing hearing, Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis presented to Judge Voiland information on Alex’s extensive criminal record, including four other felony offenses committed while he was incarcerated. Additionally, Weis presented records from three correctional institutions where Alex had over 170 disciplinary violations, including assaults on correction staff members.
Alex was also sentenced to two years of mandatory supervised release (parole) after he completes his 8-year prison sentence. Alex, who is still awaiting trial on his 2013 charges in Cook County, is currently serving four other felony sentences, all of which are required to be served consecutively to each other: three charges of aggravated battery to a correctional officer out of Cook County, and criminal damage to governmental supported property in Kendall County. The 8-year prison sentence for this offense will also be served consecutively to his other sentences. State’s Attorney Weis prosecuted both cases against Alex. Attorney Michael Montgomery represented Alex.