Man sentenced to prison for burglary

Man sentenced to prison for burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man with a history of stealing has been sentenced to six years in prison for his latest conviction.

Simon Chapdu, 54, whose last known address was the TIMES Center, 70 E. Washington St., pleaded guilty in August to burglary.

He admitted that he went in the Walmart store at 2610 N. Prospect Ave., C, intending to steal groceries.

On Tuesday, Judge Harry Clem sentenced Chapdu, for whom court records show three prior felony theft convictions and one for burglary in Champaign County.

In an unrelated recent court case resolved in Champaign County:

— Todd Barnes, 18, of Sidney, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

He admitted that on March 21, he was among a group of teens that took part in setting a fire that destroyed a two-story abandoned farmhouse on County Road 900 N south of Sidney.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Barnes cooperated completely with sheriff's deputies when confronted.

In return for his plea, a more serious felony charge of arson was dismissed.

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Fedupwithstatereps wrote on September 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Todd Barnes, 18, of Sidney, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

He admitted that on March 21, he was among a group of teens that took part in setting a fire that destroyed a two-story abandoned farmhouse on County Road 900 N south of Sidney.

So an 18 year old (legal age adult) who is an arsonist and gets it reduced to a misdemeanor with 2 years probation??  Doesn't seem appropriate.