Aledo man gets 12 years in prison for burglaries

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Brandt McCormick photo from Illinois Department of Corrections

A 27-year-old man from rural Aledo, Illinois was sentenced to more than a decade in prison in connection with multiple residential burglaries in Mercer County.

Brandt McCormick was sentenced July 16, 2014 to 12 years in prison plus two years of supervised release.

Court records showed McCormick was found guilty of charges filed in April 2013, which included with two felony counts of residential burglary plus two misdemeanor counts of theft.

At the time of the 2013 burglaries, McCormick was still serving four years of probation in connection with two previous counts of residential burglary, to which he pleaded guilty in May 2012 according to court records.

Mercer County State’s Attorney Gregory McHugh said in addition to the prison time and supervised release, McCormick was ordered to pay restitution and to have no contact with the victims.

“A sentence of probation or conditional discharge would deprecate the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and would be inconsistent with the ends of justice,” said the sentencing order from the Mercer County Court.

“While we asked for 15 years, this sentence should help protect homeowners for a long time, plus enable this man to finally kick his drug addiction,” McHugh said.  “Residential burglaries are inherently dangerous, as it puts both the homeowner and the thief in a possible life-and-death situation.  No homeowner should have to go through this.”

McCormick was granted credit for 435 days served in jail since his May 6, 2013 arrest.