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updated: 3/11/2013 4:37 PM

Glendale Heights man sentenced for role in home invasion

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  • Juwan Franklin

    Juwan Franklin

  • William B. Lewis

    William B. Lewis


A Glendale Heights man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a home invasion last July, authorities said Monday.

Juwan Franklin, 21, was one of two men charged after the victims were beaten and robbed of cellphones, according to prosecutors.

The suspects knocked on the victims' apartment door on the 2300 block of Century Point in Glendale Heights and pointed a shotgun at a man who answered, authorities said.

The man was punched and wrestled to the floor while a woman also was beaten. At some point, the woman escaped with the couple's baby in her arms.

Authorities said the suspects demanded money but fled with only two cellphones. They were arrested after police interviewed several witnesses who gave physical descriptions and nicknames of the robbers, according to prosecutors, who said they found no prior connection between the suspects and victims.

Franklin, of the 100 block of Gladstone Drive, pleaded guilty to home invasion on Wednesday and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.

Co-defendant William B. Lewis, 20, of Lombard, has pleaded not guilty to home invasion and armed robbery, and is due back in court Thursday. He remains jailed on $500,000 bail.

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