Man sentenced to prison in home invasion

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he robbed a man of cash in the man's Rantoul home has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Travis P. Burke, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to home invasion before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis.

He admitted that on Feb. 24, he took part in entering an apartment in the 1300 block of McCullough Drive in Rantoul and robbing a resident there of $300.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said the victim earlier had several people over to his apartment to drink, including Burke and co-defendant Timothy S. Lowe, 20, of rural St. Joseph.

"Everyone left and around 5:30 a.m., he went in his living room to find both men standing there," Clark said. "They were looking for cash that they believed another resident of the apartment would have."

Clark said Lowe then allegedly put an arm against the man's throat while Burke punched him. The pair then grabbed a pillow that had $300 cash in it and ran.

Because the victim knew the pair, Rantoul police were able to find them and arrest them within a couple of hours.

Clark said Burke had prior criminal convictions for possession of a stolen vehicle and burglary.

The case against Lowe remains unresolved.

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