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updated: 9/27/2012 6:16 PM

Man gets seven years for Palatine car burglary

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A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to burglarizing a car in Palatine was sentenced to seven years in prison based on a 27-year history of previous convictions.

Terry Seawood, 58, had multiple convictions for burglary, retail theft and possession of a controlled substance, which made him eligible for an extended sentence, prosecutors said.

Palatine police charged Seawood with burglary after a witness saw him removing items from a car with a smashed rear window located in a parking lot in the 1700 block of Rand Road.

Seawood, who had been held in Cook County Jail on a $100,000 bond, received credit for 261 days in custody.

Seawood was convicted of burglary in 2008 and sentenced to seven years in prison. That followed a 2002 burglary conviction that earned him a 10-year sentence, prosecutors said. Burglary convictions in 1998, 1988 and 1986 earned him six-, three- and two-year terms, respectively. He was convicted in 2001, 1997 and 1994 for possession of a controlled substance. And prosecutors say he has retail theft convictions from 1997, 1994 and 1985.

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