Palm print match leads to conviction

URBANA — A Champaign man who was identified after police matched a palm print left at the scene of a residential burglary to his prints has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Javon Johnson, 20, who listed an address in the 1500 block of North Mattis Avenue, Champaign, pleaded guilty this week to residential burglary.

Judge Harry Clem sentenced Johnson to six years  in prison and to 62 days in the county jail, with credit for 62 days already served.

Clem also ordered Johnson to submit blood, saliva or tissue specimens to the state police or the Illinois Department of Corrections within 45 days.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Larson, Johnson entered a home in the 2500 block of West Springfield Avenue in Champaign on Aug. 29, 2011, and stole a purse, some white tennis shoes and a few other items.

Larson said police investigators found a palm print on a metal frame of a screen that had been removed from the window. After they matched it to Johnson’s prints, they arrested him.

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