A 26-year-old Carpentersville man recently was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a weapons charge, according to court records.
David C. Bridges, of the 700 block of Houston Avenue, faced anywhere between six to 30 years behind bars on the felony charge of armed habitual criminal.
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In order to be charged with that, a defendant must have had two previous felony convictions that involved the use of force. Information about his other two felony convictions was not immediately available; until his March 2013 arrest at the Fox View Apartment Complex in Carpentersville, his only previous arrest in Kane County was for misdemeanor domestic battery.
In the March 2013 incident, authorities said an officer on patrol saw Bridges and another man standing in an interior apartment hallway. The two split up and ran -- the officer chasing down Bridges. Before being caught, Bridges pulled something from his waistband and threw it in some bushes.
Police found a loaded 9 mm handgun.
Bridges gets credit for 397 days served in the Kane County jail where he was held while the case was pending.
Kane County Judge James Hallock accepted the plea in which prosecutors dismissed other, less severe, charges such as aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a gang member.