Carterville man sentenced to 15 years for burglary

Carterville man sentenced to 15 years for burglary

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A Carterville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for burglary and attempted burglary.

Ronald E. Kelley, Jr., 48, of Carterville was convicted of attempted residential burglary and burglary, both Class 2 felonies, according to Jackson County State's Attorney Michael C. Carr.

Kelley was found guilty during a jury trial on Monday, April 6, 2015 and Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

He was sentenced on June 24 to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the attempted residential burglary and eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for burglary.

Kelley will have to serve a three year period of mandatory supervised release on each count. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

Murphysboro police were called to a home on South 9th Street in Murphysboro on Aug. 31, 2014 for an automobile burglary. The vehicle owners said an unknown male, who was later identified as Kelley, was seen rummaging around within their vehicle. The owner followed the suspect from the scene until he cut through a yard.

While officers were responding to this call, they received another dispatch about a male, matching the description given by the first victim, attempting to enter a home on South Street in Murphysboro. The victim said she heard a noise coming from her bathroom window. She saw someone she would later identify as Kelley halfway in her bathroom window. When she confronted him, he dropped out of her window and ran away.

Both victims gave the same description of the suspect. Within a few minutes of both calls, officers found Kelley, who matched the description given by the victims, walking a short distance from the original calls. 

Officers searched Kelley and found property that was stolen from another victim in the area, who lived on South 15th Street.

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