Champaign man gets 6 years for burglary

Champaign man gets 6 years for burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he broke into a home in that city almost a year ago has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Eugene Pace, 44, whose last known address was in the 900 block of North Willis Avenue, pleaded guilty to residential burglary earlier this week before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem.

Pace admitted that on Jan. 7, he entered a home in the 1100 block of West Healey Street and stole a television.

The resident returned home to find drawers pulled out in her bedroom and a jewelry box dumped onto her bed. The TV was the only thing missing.

Champaign police linked Pace to the crime after the television showed up at a pawnshop in Bloomington about six weeks later. Pace had provided his identification during the transaction. He was interviewed by police in March and denied being the one who went in the house but claimed to be the lookout for two others.

Court records show Pace had prior convictions in Wisconsin and Iowa for burglary, forgery, theft and resisting a peace officer.

At the time of his arrest in March, he was on parole from Wisconsin for a burglary and forgery case, court records show.

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