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posted: 10/22/2013 5:32 PM

Chicago man gets 10 years for Maine Twp. burglary

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A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing two homes in January in unincorporated Maine Township.

In exchange for his guilty plea to residential burglary, John W. Gilliam, 35, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $599, court records show.

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A neighbor heard suspicious noises coming from an apartment on the 8900 block of Kennedy Drive during the early afternoon of Jan. 8 and called Cook County Sheriff's Police, authorities said in a prepared statement. Police foiled the burglary and arrested Gilliam, who authorities say had in his possession a single-handle lug nut iron, a screwdriver and a pocket knife.

Gilliam also had jewelry and car keys belonging to a nearby stolen car, police said. Later that evening, a resident of the 9600 block of Brandy Court, also in unincorporated Maine Township, reported a burglary. The missing items from that burglary matched items found in the stolen car, authorities said.

Gilliam pleaded guilty to both burglaries recently in a Skokie courtroom, said a Cook County State's Attorney spokesman. He received credit for 231 days in custody.

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