Man sentenced in robbery after DNA in glove links him to crime

Man sentenced in robbery after DNA in glove links him to crime

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted entering an elderly man's home to rob him has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Daniel Webster, 40, who listed an address in the 2400 block of Prairie Green, pleaded guilty Monday to residential burglary before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis.

Webster's DNA was used to link him to a Dec. 29 intrusion at a home in the 1500 block of South Maple Street. On that day, a couple were home when the 90-year-old man living there saw a man walk into the room.

Without saying anything, the intruder reached for the seated man's wallet in the man's rear pocket. They struggled, drawing the man's wife's attention.

The intruder ran out, dropping the wallet along the way. However, he left behind a glove that apparently came off in the chair as he tried to get the wallet.

The state crime lab determined in March that DNA on the glove likely came from Webster, leading police to obtain a warrant for Webster's arrest.

Court records show that Webster has prior convictions for burglary, unlawful use of weapons, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance,  theft, criminal trespass, and failure to return from furlough.

In exchange for his plea to residential burglary, another count of robbery was dismissed.

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