MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - A Murphysboro, Illinois man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for residential burglary.
Vincent T. Branch, 51, was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by three years of mandatory supervised release.
He was found guilty by a Jackson County jury in August 2014. A sentencing hearing was held on Thursday, Oct. 15.
According to the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office, the evidence showed that at about 10:30 p.m. on May 11 a Murphysboro resident heard a loud noise outside and looked out of the window of his home to investigate.
He said he saw a man standing in front of his neighbor's house. He said the man was looking up and down the street; and then entered the front door of a home at the intersection of North 11th and Hanson Streets.
The resident said the man was carrying what was later determined to be a TV out of the home and put it in the yard.
The reporting neighbor called police.
While they were on their way, the neighbor stayed on the phone with dispatch and told them what the man was doing. When police arrived, the man was seen leaving the home. He was then arrested.
The investigation was conducted by the Murphysboro Police Department. State's Attorney Michael C. Carr and Assistant State's Attorney Casey Bloodworth were responsible for the prosecution of the case.