Man pleads guilty as trial underway

URBANA — After hearing most of the prosecution's case against him for home invasion and residential burglary, an Urbana man decided to plead guilty for a known sentence and a swift end to the case.

A jury had been selected in Champaign County Tuesday to hear the evidence against Cedric Grant, 22, whose last known address was in the 300 block of East Kerr Avenue, and several witnesses had testified.

On Wednesday morning, Grant pleaded guilty before Judge Harry Clem to residential burglary and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Grant and two other men were charged in May with home invasion and residential burglary for forcing their way into an apartment in the 1500 block of Hobson Drive in Rantoul on May 10 and beating some of the five people who were inside.

After stealing several electronic items, including cellphones and Xbox games and controllers, the masked intruders left in a car. Rantoul police stopped the car nearby and four men were in it, including Grant. Two got out and ran and one was never found.

Grant remained in the vehicle, where police found the stolen items.

He pleaded guilty to a single count of residential burglary, admitting he entered the apartment to steal. Clem agreed to recommend Grant for drug treatment in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said Grant had prior convictions for burglary, misdemeanor battery and driving under suspension.

Co-defendants Lamont Taylor-Gwin, 23, of Urbana, and Keith Campbell, 22, of Champaign, are set to be tried next week by Clem.

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