Recently, an Oak Lawn resident called the police to report that a felon was in possession of a firearm in her apartment.
Officers responded to the call and were advised by the woman that she was “afraid to have a gun in the house with her children”. The woman complained that her boyfriend was sleeping in one room and her children in another room.
She directed officers to a bedroom to show them a jacket in a bedroom closet, which allegedly contained a 9MM handgun and live ammunition. One of the officers removed the jacket from the room while the others woke a sleeping man, later identified as James Ortoneda.
Ortoneda was advised that the officers had removed the jacket with the gun and secured it. The officers also reported that the gun allegedly contained six rounds of ammunition. One of the officers told Ortoneda that his girlfriend had called the police because she didn’t want the gun in the apartment. Ortoneda allegedly responded:
Man I didn’t even do nothing, why did my girl do me like that.
As Ortoneda was placed in custody, reality struck him as he allegedly stated, “I’m gonna do real time for this because of my record”. The woman provided a video taped statement indicating that the jacket and gun belonged to Ortoneda, who was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
The Illinois Department of Corrections was also contacted regarding a possible parole violation. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, James M. Ortoneda, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2009 for unlawful use or possession of a firearm. That sentence was discharged. However, he was also sentenced in May of 2016 to one year in prison for possession of a controlled substance. He was due to be discharged from parole in November of 2017.