Chicago Heights man one of 3 sentenced in home invasion

2013-08-27T18:45:00Z 2013-08-27T23:24:10Z Chicago Heights man one of 3 sentenced in home invasionTimes Staff
August 27, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

JOLIET |  Three men, including one from Chicago Heights, have been sentenced to more than 20 years each for a home invasion in 2011 in University Park, the Will County state's attorney said.

Will County Circuit Court Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak sentenced Raunchino James, 27, of Chicago Heights, to 21 years. Larnell Weston, 29, of Dixmoor, and Ternell Weston, 26, of Calumet Park, were each sentenced to 23 years in prison.

The three men were convicted of home invasion, residential burglary and armed robbery after a bench trial in January.

Prosecutors said the trio kicked in the door of a University Park residence in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, 2011. A woman and her 12-year-old son were home at the time and the men pointed guns at them and demanded money. The men then ransacked the residence, fleeing with cash, an Xbox gaming system, video games, a laptop, a camera, a camcorder and other items. The son pleaded with the men not to hurt his mother.

University Park police canvassed a nearby wooded area and saw three men fitting the description of the suspects. Police saw the men go into an apartment building, where they were arrested.


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