Felon caught with gun in Grafton sent to prison

By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A 28-year-old Grafton woman who became a felon four years ago when she pleaded guilty to fleeing officers was sentenced last month in Ozaukee County Circuit Court to 18 months in prison for being in possession of a gun that was discovered during a traffic stop last year.

Chante H. McCurtis, who pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm,  was also sentenced by Judge Paul Malloy to 18 months of extended supervision during an Aug. 24 hearing.

In addition to the gun charge, McCurtis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana in connection with the 2021 traffic stop.

Additional charges of driving after her license was revoked and failing to install an ignition interlock device were dismissed as part of a plea agreement but read into the record, which means Malloy could consider them when sentencing her.

On April 12, 2021, McCurtis was pulled over on First Avenue in Grafton for speeding, and when the officer asked for her driver’s license, McCurtis said she didn’t have one because it was revoked due to a previous operating while intoxicated conviction, according to a criminal complaint.

McCurtis told the officer that she was afraid because in addition to not having a driver’s license, she was on probation for fleeing an officer in Milwaukee County.

McCurtis also did not have an ignition interlock device installed on her vehicle, which was required by her OWI sentence.

Because the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from McCurtis’ vehicle, it was searched.

In a backpack found on the floor of the passenger side of the vehicle, officers found a 9mm handgun and a pill bottle containing what officers determined was marijuana, the complaint states.

McCurtis said other people use the vehicle and anything found in it belonged to them. She said the backpack was “her girl’s” and that “her girl” would admit the gun belonged to her, according to the complaint.

But when authorities contacted the person McCurtis referred to as “her girl,“ she said the gun did not belong to her and McCurtis typically carries a backpack.

 

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