Three men sentenced in Johnson Co. IL store break-in

By Heartland News

VIENNA, IL (KFVS) - Three southern Illinois men have been sentenced to jail after breaking in to a Johnson County general store.

Matthew Bramlett, 20, of Murphysboro was found guilty of Burglary.  The co-defendants Brandon Threlkeld, 22, of Carterville and Dakota Cooper, 19, formerly of Johnson County were also convicted.

The Johnson Co. Sheriff's Department investigated the incident in December 2010 after a reported break-in at the Ozark General Store. Store owner Alex Mitrevski was alerted about the break-in from a security alarm sounding around 3 a.m.

Mitrevski went to the store and found that the front door glass was busted with some tobacco items missing.

When officers arrived at the store, the owner provided a security tape.  It showed that a small SUV entered the parking lot three times that night with three people trying to get into the store three different times. On the last attempt one of the suspects picked up a large rock and threw it through the window then entered the store.

That is when the alarm went off and the suspects left the building.

After investigation, each suspect admitted to the crime to the Johnson and Williamson Co. Sheriff's Departments. Similar crimes were reported in December in Williamson and Jackson IL Counties, under the same motives of the Johnson Co. case.

Bramlett pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to five years in prison with two years of parole and ordered to pay $1271.25 restitution to the store. He also had charges pending in Jackson Co. and was sentenced to five years in prison for that crime.

Threlkeld also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay a $750 fine along with restitution, a $25 month probation fee, $200 in DNA services, and 90 days in  jail to be under review every six months. He was not charged with being involved in the Williamson or Jackson Co. IL burglaries.

Cooper pleaded guilty to the store break-in and is to be sentenced in June and he also admitted to  two separate burglaries in Williamson Co., and was sentenced to probation.

The Johnson Co. State's Attorney says that Cooper asked the judge for leniency, with his lawyer arguing that Cooper should be bound by sentencing in another county than where the crime occurred. After hearing the arguments Judge James Williamson sentenced Cooper to four years in prison with two years of supervision and court cost and restitution.

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