Urbana man gets 5 years for stealing electronics from construction firm

Urbana man gets 5 years for stealing electronics from construction firm

URBANA — A 70-year-old Urbana man with a 50-year criminal history was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for his latest crime.

Dewey Huff, whose last known address was in the 900 block of Fairview Avenue, pleaded guilty to theft with a prior residential burglary conviction, admitting that on Jan. 22 or 23, he stole electronics from the Wells & Wells Construction Co. on North Walnut Street in Champaign.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said an employee of the business discovered a smashed window and blood on the counter on the morning of Jan. 23. A computer monitor had been stolen.

Lozar said DNA extracted from the blood matched Huff and he was charged with the crime just a week ago.

Lozar said Huff's prior convictions included six for burglary and residential burglary as well as others for criminal damage to propery and theft.

In 2013, he pleaded guilty to theft in two Champaign County cases for stealing whiskey from a grocery store and a computer from a campus bar. He received an eight-year prison sentence then.

In return for his plea to theft, Lozar dismissed a more serious charge of burglary and a separate misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Ridiculousness wrote on August 12, 2017 at 8:08 am

Guess he should have killed a newborn. Woulda got less time.

KlaatuSansGort wrote on August 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm

"Dewey Huff," Aged Seventy.

There would be much in the way regarding local history here.

Ask nevertheless, whether first or at last, if sending a 70-year old to prison for a property crime is a proper use of limited resources.

Do We Huff Indeed.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on August 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Dewey wasnt a white female from money with Bruno as an attorney.  But ask yourself.  As he spend time in a hospital, is his incarceration neccessary?