Seven-year sentence issued in burglary case

Seven-year sentence issued in burglary case

URBANA — A former Urbana resident who admitted breaking in a home in that city has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said that Joseph Holycross, 27, who last lived on South Vawter Street, left behind blood that linked him to the Nov. 15, 2013, residential burglary of a home in the 1800 block of Beck Drive.

Clark said the victim's home was burgled in the same manner on Nov. 15 and again on Nov. 23. His television was stolen and a window shattered. Blood found on the broken window was found to match Holycross and he was criminally charged in late May.

Holycross pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to the Nov. 15 break-in and Clark dismissed the other in return.

Holycross was scheduled to be paroled next week after having been sentenced to a year in prison in February for a 2013 Champaign County theft conviction.

Clark said he had several prior convictions for burglary, forgery and theft between 2006 and 2013.

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