Rantoul teen who admitted break-in gets probation

URBANA — A Rantoul teen who admitted breaking into a home in that village earlier this month has been sentenced to probation.

Rayvonn D. Sampson, 17, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Abram Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to a single count of burglary for entering a home in the 700 block of Roselyn Drive in Rantoul on Dec. 18.

A more serious charge of residential burglary — which carried a mandatory prison sentence — was dismissed in return for the teen's plea. He was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of public service.

The burglary occurred just before 6 p.m., Rantoul police said. The resident was awakened by someone ringing the doorbell and knocking, but she did not answer the door.

Within moments, she heard someone coming in her home, got up and saw two teens running out. They had taken an Xbox controller.

Sampson and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on a nearby street within minutes of the break-in.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Sampson had prior adjudications as a juvenile for burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. This was his first adult conviction.

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