Champaign man gets probation for stealing quarters from Urbana home

Champaign man gets probation for stealing quarters from Urbana home

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he broke in an Urbana home to get cash has been sentenced to three years of probation that includes drug treatment.

Christopher Bielert, 31, whose last address was in the 1300 block of Bloomington Road, pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Tom Difanis to residential burglary for entering a home in the 1100 block of South Anderson Street on June 20, intending to steal.

He was also ordered to spend 53 days in jail with credit for time served and to repay the residents $40.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar told Difanis that the residents returned home to find a gloved Bielert inside their home. He ran from the house but was chased by one of the residents through yards and over fences. Bielert jumped over a fence and broke his wrist when he landed wrong.

Bielert told police that he's a heroin user and had entered the strangers' home looking for cash. Quarters had been stolen.

Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony that carries a mandatory prison sentence of between four and 15 years unless the defendant qualifies for drug treatment.

Difanis warned Bielert that if he misses his appointment for treatment next week or gets caught using heroin between now and then, he would sentence him to the full 15 years in prison.

Lozar told the judge Bielert had only one prior misdemeanor conviction for criminal damage to property.

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Mef wrote on August 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

So I just read a story of a 25 year old man with a stolen iPhone that got 400 dollars for it, and got caught with 4 others that were also not legit phones - with priors for theft and his sentence....40 months probation, no jail time.


This man, yes was inside someone's house, but what he took was 40 dollars. He has one prior misdemeanor in his life at age 31, and it wasn't even related to what he did here. 400 dollars for one fake phone, and trying to fence 4 others, so 2000 dollars in attempted stolen goods for one man, and he gets probation. Being in someone's house trying to find money and leaving with 40 dollars, 53 days in jail and a possible 15 years in jail if he doesn't go to rehab.


Am I the only one that thinks something is a little off here on punishments?