A Beach Park man who was sentenced to probation for walking around near a Waukegan store with a scoped rifle was resentenced to six months in jail after violating his probation.
Jason L. Linkous, 44, of Beach Park, was charged in October 2022 with one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelse Banks said at the time of the arrest that officers received a call for a man with a rifle outside of a Dollar Tree store in Waukegan.
The 911 caller told dispatchers that he was following the suspect.
Officers arrived on the scene and saw Linkous in front of Jewel-Osco.
The witness identified Linkous as the man who he saw with the rifle, Banks said.
Officers spoke to witnesses, who reported that Linkous had come up to them asking to borrow their phones while holding a rifle at his side.
The witnesses described the gun as a long wooden rifle with a mounted scope, Banks said.
They told officers that Linkous had gone behind the Jewel-Osco with the rifle before officers arrived.
Officers found an unloaded wooden 22-long rifle with a mounted scope behind the grocery store.
Banks said Linkous does not have a Firearm Owners Identification card.
A Lake County judge ordered Linkous held on a $100,000 bond at the time of his arrest last year.
In November, Linkous entered into a negotiated plea deal with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded guilty to his charge and was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 200 hours of public service.
Linkous was also ordered to not possess or consume illegal drugs and alcohol, along with not possessing any weapons.
Linkous in January was charged with domestic battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault for a new case in Lake County.
Prosecutors then filed a petition to revoke Linkous’ probation in April, court records show.
Linkous was resentenced to 180 days in the Lake County Jail earlier this week and prosecutors dismissed his latest case as a result of the sentence.