Jury convicts teen of burglary

Jury convicts teen of burglary

URBANA — A Champaign teen convicted of breaking into a northwest Champaign home faces up to 15 years in prison.

A Champaign County jury took less than an hour Tuesday to convict Jabari Cloyd, 18, of the 1400 block of Summit Ridge Road, of residential burglary.

Judge Harry Clem set sentencing for April 30. The least Cloyd can receive is four years in prison for the Class 1 felony.

Champaign resident Summer Dixon testified that she and her daughter were returning to their home in the 1800 block of Joanne Lane on Feb. 8 when they spotted someone inside their garage.

Dixon said not only were her car lights trained on the intruder but the overhead garage light was on and she could clearly see the young man.

As she was calling police, he ran from the garage. Dixon said she found tools scattered about, a broken window in a side door to the garage and a screwdriver in the frame of the door leading into her house. She apparently arrived home before he could get in.

Champaign police found Cloyd hiding in a ditch not far from the home and took Dixon to him. She identified him as the person in her garage. She also identified a hammer found in Cloyd's path of flight that came from her garage.

Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris prosecuted Cloyd. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Anthony Ortega.

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