URBANA - An Urbana man who took part in trying to steal money and drugs from a home in Champaign earlier this year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Michael Miles, 23, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Romine Street, pleaded guilty in August to residential burglary, admitting that he forced his way into a home in the 400 block of West Vine Street in Champaign intending to steal from the men there.
On Monday, Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd handed him the 10-year sentence. Miles had a prior adjudication as a juvenile for residential burglary.
In July, Ladd also sentenced co-defendant Derrial Webster, 23, of Champaign, to 10 years in prison for being an armed habitual criminal. Webster pleaded guilty to that count for his role in the break-in.
Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said the resident of the Vine Street home was in bed on Jan. 2 when he realized someone was in his house. He told police a man poked his head in the bedroom where he was lying in the dark, then left the room. The resident then locked himself in the bedroom and called police.
In the front room of the home, another man was confronting the resident's relative, who was in a wheelchair, demanding cash from him at gunpoint.
Sure that police were en route, the resident in the bedroom came out and grabbed Miles. They struggled, ending up on the front porch. The two of them then fell in snow outside as police arrived.
Police found a .22-caliber handgun in the snow near where Miles had been, Bennett said.
Webster was caught as he fled down an alley.
Both men admitted to police they believed that the resident and his relative had cash and drugs in the house and they went there to take them.
In return for Miles' plea to residential burglary, other charges of home invasion and armed robbery were dismissed.