Burglary at frat brings four-year prison term

Burglary at frat brings four-year prison term

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted entering a fraternity on campus a year ago intending to steal has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Anthony Lindsey, 28, of the 3200 block of Ridgewood Drive, pleaded guilty to the June 10, 2012, residential burglary of a fraternity house in the 1000 block of South Fourth Street, Champaign.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said surveillance video showed that a man and a woman were seen walking around the fraternity and entering the house. A resident's laptop computer was stolen.

Police were able to identify Lindsey and co-defendant Brittany Clark, 24, of Champaign, from the video.

Bennett said when Lindsey was questioned by police, he said it was common knowledge that fraternities were left unlocked and that things were left out "to be taken by those who scavenge."

In return for Lindsey's guilty plea, a separate charge of residential burglary alleging a break-in at another campus property in July 2012 was dismissed.

Bennett said Lindsey had prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, domestic battery, obstructing justice, possession of cannabis and driving under revocation. He will have to serve the sentence after he completes one he's now serving for driving under revocation.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of $2,241.

Clark's case remains unresolved.

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