Champaign man convicted of attempted burglary

Champaign man convicted of attempted burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man who didn’t show up for his trial after the jury had been chosen has been convicted of attempted burglary.

Wesley D. Hedrick, 24, who listed an address in the 400 block of East White Street, C., was found guilty on Friday in connection with the felony attempted burglary of some cars in Champaign in December 2012.

Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Larson said Hedrick was present for the selection of the jury on Tuesday. But after the court broke for lunch, Hedrick left the courthouse and had not been seen since that time.

Judge Harry Clem issued a warrant for Hedrick’s arrest with no bond, and the case resumed Friday without Hedrick.

The jury then found Hedrick guilty in absentia.

According to Larson, some witnesses saw Hedrick attempt to enter some car doors in the 500 block of East Clark Street, C., on Dec. 15, 2012, and called police, who arrested him.
Hedrick is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5.

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