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Kenrod Jones

Other Cook County, IL Exonerations for Weapon Possession/Sale
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On March 26, 2003, 19-year-old Kenrod Jones was arrested in Chicago, Illinois and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm.

On May 13, 2003, Jones pled guilty in Cook County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

In September 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People v. Aguilar that the portion of the statute under which Jones had been convicted was unconstitutional. The statute said that a person committed the offense of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when a person “carries on or about his person or in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except when on his land or in his abode or fixed place of business any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm and the firearm is uncased, loaded and immediately accessible.”

The court held that this portion of the statute violated the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In 2020, Jones, represented by attorney Saani Mohammed, filed a motion to vacate his conviction based on the Aguilar ruling. After the motion was granted on October 29, 2020, Jones’s conviction was vacated, and the charge was dismissed.

Jones was granted a certificate of innocence on the same day. Jones filed a claim with the Illinois Court of Claims seeking compensation. In January 2021, the court of claims awarded him $54,400 and an additional $5,600 for his attorney.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 2/21/2022
Last Updated: 2/21/2022
State:Illinois
County:Cook
Most Serious Crime:Weapon Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2003
Convicted:2003
Exonerated:2020
Sentence:4 years
Race/Ethnicity:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of reported crime:19
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No