Fox Lake Man Enters Plea Agreement For Holstering Weapon On School Grounds

(Fox Lake) A Fox Lake man charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds during a Halloween event entered into a plea agreement Thursday. Jesse Denruiter entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Possession of a Firearm on Grounds of a School. The court accepted the plea and placed Denruiter into a deferred prosecution agreement, meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation.

A Fox Lake police officer was called to the school, not named in the complaint, for a report that someone was open carrying a handgun in a holster last October. An event called Trunk or Treat was underway, attended by roughly 100 adults and children. The officer located Denruiter who was holstering a black semi-automatic handgun.

When questioned, Denruiter said he was unaware that he could not carry a weapon in the parking lot of a school. The 28-year-old left without incident. Later, police came to collect the gun for evidence and told Denruiter that it was a felony to possess a firearm on school property.

Denruiter said that this was harassment and that he would be contacting the sheriff’s department. He added that it was an accident the gun was with him at the school and that he forgot he was carrying it.