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Lombard man gets 18 years for home invasion

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  • William B. Lewis

      William B. Lewis

  • Juwan Franklin

      Juwan Franklin

 

A Lombard man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a Glendale Heights home invasion in which two people were robbed of cellphones.

William B. Lewis, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to home invasion and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, according to court records.

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Lewis was one of two men charged in the July 9, 2012, attack at an apartment on the 2300 block of Century Point in Glendale Heights.

Prosecutors said the suspects knocked on the door and pointed a shotgun at a man who answered. The man was punched and wrestled to the floor while a woman also was beaten. At some point, prosecutors said, the woman managed to escape with the couple's baby in her arms.

Authorities said the suspects demanded money but fled with only two cellphones. They were charged after police interviewed witnesses who gave physical descriptions and nicknames of the offenders. Prosecutors said they found no personal connection between the victims and the suspects.

Lewis, of the 21W500 block of North Avenue, had faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of home invasion at trial. Co-defendant Juwan Franklin, 21, of Glendale Heights, pleaded guilty in March to home invasion and was sentenced to 15 years.

Both men had been jailed on $500,000 bail since their arrests last July.

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