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Crime & Courts

Bond set for felons accused of beating longtime DeKalb County jail inmate

SYCAMORE – Two convicted felons from DeKalb accused of beating up a longtime DeKalb County Jail inmate seem bound for that very jail for the foreseeable future.

Bond was set Wednesday beyond the scope of what Princeston L. Mack, 20, of the 800 block of Ridge Drive, and Jordan C. Hopkins, 26, of the 300 block of Linden Place, seemingly can afford.

According to court records, witnesses told police that Mack and Hopkins attacked Brendan G. Elliott – who had been released Oct. 5 after spending almost four years in jail on various charges – at Hopkins’ apartment. Police said in court records that Elliott had gashes on his neck, mouth and eye.

Mack has been held without bond on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon since police found a 9 mm black Taurus handgun during a search of an apartment in the 1000 block of West Hillcrest Drive about 4 p.m. Jan. 11, the records show.

Judge Philip Montgomery set bond at $50,000, and ordered that if Mack posts $5,000 to get out, he’ll be placed on electronic home monitoring. He was convicted in August 2017 in DeKalb County of unlawful restraint, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison.

The $50,000 is for all his active cases, and he’s due back in court at 9 a.m.
Jan. 29.

Montgomery denied a motion to reduce Hopkins’ bond to $30,000 and, if he posts bail, he, too, would have to go on an ankle bracelet. Hopkins has served two prison sentences, the records show: 1½ years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance in 2009 and a year for criminal damage to property in 2012. He was on probation for a 2017 domestic battery sentence when police say he attacked Elliott.

Hopkins is due in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 8.

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