Springfield man gets 6 years for 2017 burglary at Champaign landscaping business

Springfield man gets 6 years for 2017 burglary at Champaign landscaping business

URBANA — A Champaign County judge Monday sentenced a Springfield man to six years in prison for stealing equipment two years ago from a Champaign landscaping business.

Randall S. Taylor, 35, pleaded guilty in January before Judge Roger Webber to burglary, admitting that on June 12, 2017, he took items from Naturescape, 2702 Hundman Drive.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said several items of outdoor equipment were stolen that day. At least one had a GPS tracking device that led police to Springfield, where they discovered that items had been sold to a friend of Taylor.

Most of the stolen items, valued at more than $30,000, were recovered, Larson said.

Taylor was arrested for the burglary not long after it occurred, but his case was the subject of several pretrial motions and continuances.

Because of his prior record, including convictions for burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful use of a credit card, Taylor had to be sentenced as a Class X felon.

At the time of Taylor's guilty plea in January, Larson agreed to seek no more than seven years in prison, which he did. Taylor's Springfield attorney, Michael Costello, asked for the minimum six-year sentence.

Webber allowed Taylor to remain free until Friday, when he is to turn himself in to begin serving his sentence.

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