Man sentenced to 15 years for burglaries from 2010

Man sentenced to 15 years for burglaries from 2010

URBANA — A Champaign man with a lengthy history of burglary and theft has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes that he committed in 2010.

Judge Tom Difanis on Wednesday sentenced Anthony Paul Young, 58, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of North McKinley Avenue, to 15 years on each of three counts of burglary for which he was convicted almost a year ago. He will serve the sentences at the same time.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said a jury found Young guilty of three burglaries that all happened on Sept. 16, 2010. At his August 2011 trial, testimony was that Young stole a woman's wallet from her purse at an office building in the 500 block of Devonshire Drive. Later that same day, he entered the McDonald's at the corner of Neil and Kirby and used the woman's debit card to buy several Big Macs and french fries, then went in the Walgreens across the street and bought other items with the card.

Each of those entries was charged as a burglary.

Young, who has a history of mental issues, was found to be unfit for several months before trial. He received treatment, was declared fit, stood trial and was convicted, then began displaying behavior that led his attorney to suggest he was having other mental health problems.

Following his conviction, he was returned to a Department of Human Services facility for several months where he underwent more treatment and testing. Lozar said mental health officials eventually declared Young to be "malingering" and returned him to Champaign County to be sentenced.

Lozar said Young's criminal history dates to 1972 and includes at least four prior convictions for burglary and seven for theft.

Because of his record, he had to be sentenced as a Class X felon and could have faced as many as 30 years in prison.

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Trojan wrote on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

This man belongs to a mental institution, not to a prison. It is cruel to make him temprarily "mentally fit" to go through trial and sentencing - he is a psychiatric patient and should have a permanent care. Prisons are supposed to be "correctional facilities" not mental health hospitals.