Champaign man sentenced to prison for burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man will be spending at least the next 14 years in prison after being convicted of breaking into one home and being linked to burglaries at three others.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis sentenced Kevin Jordan, 25, whose last known address was in the 400 block of South McKinley Avenue, to 28 years in prison on Monday.

A jury convicted Jordan in September of residential burglary for a June 25, 2011, break-in at a home in the 1100 block of East McHenry Street, Urbana.

About $9,500 worth of heirloom jewelry was stolen in that break-in and a fingerprint lifted from a jewelry box was identified as Jordan's.

To aggravate Jordan's sentence, Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar presented evidence of other residential burglaries that happened:

— Sept. 19, 2011, in the 1500 block of Sandpiper Road; foreign currency and collectible coins were stolen; Jordan was seen on a bank surveillance video cashing in coins on Sept. 20.

— Dec. 16, 2011, in the 1200 block of West Healey Street, Champaign, a home was broken in while the residents were on vacation; Illini basketball tickets stolen were recovered later in search of Jordan's home.

— Dec. 27, 2011, in the 1000 block of West William Street, Champaign, silverware was taken in a break-in that was interrupted. Police tracked Jordan to his home and located him and his girlfriend inside. She volunteered information about the Healey break-in to police, Lozar said.

Those other residential burglary charges were dismissed in light of his sentence.

Lozar said Jordan was also linked to three checks, totaling $1,100, that had been forged and cashed on the account of an elderly Champaign woman.

"It appears he got them through a home health care provider he was acquainted with," Lozar said, adding that criminal charges had not been filed in connection with the forgeries.

Because of prior convictions that Jordan had for robbery and burglary, he was eligible for sentencing as a Class X offender.

Lozar said Jordan had been given prior chances to deal with an addiction to heroin, both through probation that included drug treatment and Champaign County's drug court program.

Because his convictions involve property crimes, Jordan is eligible for day-for-day good time on his sentence.

Jordan was represented by Urbana attorney Jim Dedman.

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