Man who admitted rural Philo burglary gets 9 years

Man who admitted rural Philo burglary gets 9 years

URBANA — A Bourbonnais man who admitted breaking into a home in rural Philo earlier this year has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Richard Schindler, 34, pleaded guilty late last month to residential burglary, admitting to Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd that he forced his way into a rural Philo home on Feb. 18.

In exchange for his guilty plea, three other charges of residential burglary and one of burglary alleging he broke into other homes in and around Philo and Tolono Township between Feb. 4 and 18 were dismissed.

Champaign County sheriff's deputies got a tip about a car someone had seen in the area and traced it to Schindler, who was staying in a mobile home park in Tolono.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said when the sheriff's investigator interviewed Schindler, he admitted breaking into several homes and even turned over some of the stolen property to investigators.

The victim of the break-in to which Schindler pleaded guilty identified a commemorative coin recovered from Schindler as having been stolen from his home.

Bennett said because of prior convictions, including two for residential burglary, Schindler faced sentencing as a Class X felon.

He also had other convictions for theft, domestic battery, aggravated battery and violation of an order of protection.

As part of his sentence, Schindler was ordered to make more than $1,800 in restitution.

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