Judge sentences Champaign man to 12 years in home invasion

Judge sentences Champaign man to 12 years in home invasion

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted taking part in a violent home invasion earlier this year has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Korey Coleman, 21, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Scottsdale Drive, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to home invasion.

He admitted that on March 27, along with two other men who were never caught, he forced his way into a home on Hanover Court in Champaign about 8 p.m. and began punching the man and woman there.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said the intruders demanded cash and drugs. One of the other men stabbed the 29-year-old male victim in the back with a kitchen knife before the trio grabbed an Xbox game system and video games and then fled in the victim's car.

Clark said the man was not seriously injured. Police responded quickly and found the stolen car in the area. The men got out and ran. Coleman was caught but the others were not. Clark said Coleman was wearing latex gloves covered in blood.

In exchange for Coleman's plea, Clark dismissed other counts accusing him of attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle. His only prior conviction was for retail theft, she said.

Difanis denied Coleman's request to be released from jail Saturday to attend the funeral of his cousin, Rakim Vineyard, who was fatally shot on North Sixth Street in Champaign July 19.

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