By Mark Belling, WISN-AM
A Menasha man charged today in connection with the death in Milwaukee Saturday night of a three year old boy is a habitual criminal that was let out of the Waukesha County Jail only two weeks earlier on a mere signature bond despite being charged with armed robbery.
A signature bond doesn’t require the accused criminal to put up any money. All you have to do is sign your name. The Waukesha County Court Commissioner is Linda Saafir, who I have commented on in the past for her proclivity to set small or no bail for dangerous felons.
Devons Armour, 34, of Menasha is facing charges in connection with the death Saturday night in Milwaukee of three-year old Cire Walker. The criminal complaint says Armour was in a home at 32nd and Michigan and the little boy got Armour’s gun and shot himself. Armour has an extensive criminal record and is not allowed to possess firearms. In the criminal complaint, he allegedly admitted buying the gun a few days earlier.
On April 29, Armours was released from the Waukesha County Jail on a $10,000 signature bond set by Saafir after he was charged with armed robbery with threat of force. His criminal record in Wisconsin dates back to 2013 when he was first convicted of the same crime—-robbery with the threat of force. As a felon he is not allowed to possess guns.
I have long criticized the practice of Waukesha County Court Commissioners who release people charged with dangerous felonies on minimal or no bail. These criminals are often free for up to two years as their cases proceed. In the case of Armours, it only took him two weeks to bring a gun into a home that resulted in the death of a three year old child.
Waukesha County Chief Judge Jennifer Dorow has consistently defended the lenient bail decisions made by the court commissioners. These commissioners often set extremely high bail in murder cases or others that attract notoriety. But armed robbers and the like are often given little or no bail. In the case of Armour and his long criminal record, he certainly knew the drill. Saafir’s “get out of jail card” gave him time to buy the gun that resulted in a child’s death.
Armour is now facing multiple felony charges in Milwaukee County in connection with the little boy’s death. One of the charges is “bail jumping,” for violating the conditions of Saafir’s signature bond. A lot of good those conditions did…….