An alleged gang member has been sentenced to probation for possessing a gun while inside a bar in Woodstock and then flashing “hand signs” at another person, court records show.
Michael N. Infelise, 29, of Palatine, was charged in February with possession of a firearm by a gang member, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with a FOID and possession of firearm ammunition without a FOID.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said Infelise possessed a Ruger LCP .380 pistol while inside Benton Street Tap, 219 North Benton Street in Woodstock.
The complaint said Infelise was walking to his vehicle that was parked in the parking lot when he made utterances about being a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples.
Infelise then displayed “hand signs” to another man who was walking by the area around 1:15 a.m. on February 18, the complaint said.
The complaint said Infelise has numerous gang-affiliated tattoos on him.
He was also wearing light blue and black, which are colors of the Maniac Latin Disciples.
The complaint said Infelise violated the law by carrying the semi-automatic pistol while being a gang member and also while being inside a bar.
Infelise also does not have a valid Firearm Owners Identification card, the complaint added.
McHenry County Judge Mary Nader ordered Infelise held on a $30,000 bond following his arrest and he was released from the McHenry County Jail after posting 10% of his bond.
Court records show Infelise entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office last week.
He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony, in exchange for the rest of his charges being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis accepted the plea deal and sentenced Infelise to two years of probation and 50 hours of public service.
Infelise was also ordered to obtain an alcohol evaluation and follow the treatment recommendations.
Davis ordered Infelise to have no contact with gang members and not go to Benton Street Tap during his probation.