Man charged in break-in at ex-girlfriend's home

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly broke into an ex-girlfriend's home has been criminally charged with residential burglary and criminal trespass to residence.

Durrell Brigham, 25, who listed an address in the 1500 block of North Mattis Avenue, was arraigned Thursday on charges alleging that on Aug. 27 he broke into a former girlfriend's home in the 1700 block of Princeton Drive in Champaign.

A Champaign police report said the woman found a back window had been pried open and her television stolen. She also found two photos of herself and Brigham torn in half and a handwritten note calling her names, which she recognized as having been written by Brigham.

A warrant was issued for Brigham's arrest on Feb. 8. He was booked into the county jail Wednesday night.

Judge Richard Klaus left Brigham's bond set at $75,000. He has a pending case alleging a domestic battery to the same victim on Dec. 30, Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said.

Klaus ordered him to be back in court March 5 on both cases.

If convicted of the residential burglary, he faces an extended prison term of up to 30 years due to a prior criminal conviction.

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rsp wrote on February 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Up to 30 years for spite? And a used tv at that. It's a good thing she got rid of him.