A Chicago man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for purchasing a motorcycle from a Geneva resident with counterfeit cash, but because he did not attend his trial, conviction or sentencing – police are still seeking him on a warrant.
Dion F. Addison, 39, was tried, convicted and sentenced in absentia, according to a news release sent by the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.
Kane County Circuit Court Judge Karen Simpson sentenced him Tuesday. Addison's trial was in January, when a jury convicted him of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of a converted motor vehicle, forgery and theft by deception, all of which are felonies.
The felonies carry punishments ranging from two to five years and three to seven years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
Because Addison did not come to his trial, it was held without him – in absentia – and resulted in a no-bond warrant being issued when the trial began. Anyone with information about Addison’s whereabouts is asked call their local police department or 911.
On June 20, 2011, Addison arranged to buy a motorcycle he found on Craigslist, arriving at the Geneva residence with a friend. He paid the owner $3,000 cash. Addison's friend left on the motorcycle, and Addison left in his car.
When the victim realized the cash was counterfeit, he called 911.
Batavia police caught Addison’s friend immediately at Kirk Road and Hubbard Avenue because the motorcycle didn’t have registration tags. Police determined that the motorcycle belonged to the victim who had just called 911 about the transaction.
Just before 2 a.m. Addison was stopped and arrested along Kirk Road just north of Fabyan Parkway.