Burglary plea brings 4-year sentence

URBANA — An Urbana teen who admitted entering a neighbor's home and stealing has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Devon Hart, 18, who listed an address in the 2800 block of East California Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to a single count of residential burglary for entering a home in the 2700 block of East California Avenue on Aug. 27 and stealing electronics and jewelry.

Sheriff's deputies had help from a neighbor who reported seeing Hart throwing items in a trash bin. A search of Hart's home turned up a camera that had been stolen from the neighbor's house, according to Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis.

Hart eventually confessed to the burglary.

In return for his guilty plea, Kanis dismissed an unrelated residential burglary and an aggravated battery case against Hart.

Kanis said the teen had no prior criminal record.

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sweet caroline wrote on February 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I don't know anything about this case other than what I've just read here, but this kid has no prior convictions and he confessed to the crime.  I think 4 years in prison is extremely harsh.  I see that the SA dropped the counts of unrelated residential burglary and aggravated battery in exchange for Hart's confession.  Those are bad, too, but they shouldn't figure into the 4-year sentence since they were dropped.  At least in my opinion. 

I'd rather see Hart get probation than 4 years in the slammer since this is his first offense.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on February 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm
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The other two charges were dropped in agreement for him to plead guilty, not because he wasn't guilty of them.

I would hardly call four years harsh for an 18 year old who has already committed two residential burglaries and an aggravated battery.