URBANA — An Urbana teenager who admitted being in a group who broke in an Urbana man's home more than a year ago was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.
Lamar Phillips, 16, whose last known address was in the 2400 block of Prairie Green, agreed to plead guilty as an adult to residential burglary. He admitted that on Nov. 2, 2011, he was with three other men who forced their way into a home in the 2000 block of Weaver Street in Urbana and took the resident's wallet, laptop computer and cash from him.
Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said Urbana police made little progress on the case until July when the state crime lab reported that a sock found in the back yard had Phillips' DNA on it. The intruders apparently wore socks on their hands to avoid leaving fingerprints.
In exchange for Phillips' plea, Weber agreed to dismiss other charges of home invasion and armed robbery in that case.
A separate case alleging that Phillips took part in a residential burglary in the 1200 block of South Vine Street, Urbana, between June 22 and 24, had been dismissed earlier, Weber said.
However, a co-defendant in that case, Tarrell Boatman, 17, pleaded guilty in September to residential burglary and was sentenced to six years in prison with a recommendation that he receive boot camp. In that break-in a coin collection was stolen.