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Ex-con goes AWOL in felony narcotics case

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Gregory F. Accardi (Photo courtesy of Aurora Police) Gregory F. Accardi (Photo courtesy of Aurora Police)
AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An ex-convict from west suburban Aurora is being sought by authorities, after failing to appear in court in connection with a felony marijuana-growing case.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge George J. Bakalis has issued a warrant for the arrest of Gregory F. Accardi, 61, who last lived at 434 Plaza Place in Aurora, the Naperville Sun is reporting.

Accardi failed to appear Monday in Bakalis' courtroom. He is to be tried there on charges of the production or possession of more than 50 but not more than 200 marijuana plants; the manufacture or delivery of more than 2,000 but not more than 5,000 grams of marijuana; unlawful use or possession of weapons or ammunition by a convicted felon; and resisting or obstructing police.

Bakalis, in addition to issuing the warrant, ordered the $12,500 Accardi posted as bond be forfeited, according to court records.

Accardi and his housemate, Matthew J. Fenton, were arrested shortly before 6 p.m. July 11 in their home following an investigation. Naperville and Aurora police allegedly found 230 marijuana plants being grown there, as well as five pounds of harvested marijuana.

Records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield revealed Accardi in 2004 began serving concurrent, five-year prison terms for a 1998 marijuana-related crime in Kane County and a 2002 case in DeKalb County.

Accardi was imprisoned after being convicted of a felony charge of the manufacture and delivery of marijuana in the Kane County matter and charges of possession of marijuana and the manufacture and delivery of marijuana in the DeKalb County case. He was discharged from parole on Jan. 5, 2007, records showed.

Online records did not indicate which Kane County and DeKalb County law enforcement agencies arrested Accardi, nor did they provide details of those crimes.

Illinois State Police in September 1992 flew an airplane over portions of property at Route 38 and Meredith Road near Maple Park owned at the time by Accardi and his wife. Police determined 45 marijuana plants were being grown there inside a locked barn and near a chicken coop.

The couple's convictions in that matter were later overturned, after an Illinois Appellate Court panel ruled police had conducted a "warrantless search" of the property. But in an August 1999 decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel upheld the Accardis' forfeiture of the property stemming from their arrests.

Fenton, 31, pleaded guilty last year to an amended felony charge of producing or possessing more than 50 but not more than 200 marijuana plants. He was ordered to serve six months in DuPage County Jail, placed on two years of probation and assessed a total of $5,212 in fines and legal costs.

Accardi's case has been continued to March 10, according to court records.

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