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4 years in prison for Elgin burglary, highway chase to Wisconsin

Kevin Gorman

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A 30-year-old Streamwood man was sentenced to four years in prison after admitting to his role in a May burglary of a Sam's Club in Elgin that led to a two-hour police chase that ended in Wisconsin.

Kevin D. Gorman, of the 1200 block of Lincoln Court, pleaded guilty this week to felony burglary, a crime that carried a top prison term of seven years, in exchange for prosecutors dropping other charges, according to Kane County court records.

Gorman and another man, Jacob Braden, 22 of Bartlett, were arrested after a May 4 burglary at the Sam's Club, 1000 Randall Road. Elgin police tried to stop the burglary while it was in progress. One officer jumped onto and fell from a pickup truck driven by Braden and Gorman. The truck struck another officer and a police SUV before the pair fled toward Chicago on I-290 and then across the border to Racine County.

The chase ended after Racine County Sheriff's Deputies put spike strips on northbound lanes of I-94. The move shredded the tires on the pickup truck and the pair were arrested on an off ramp.

Braden pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a police officer in July and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation.

Judge Clint Hull accepted the guilty plea from Gorman, who gets credit for about eight months in jail while the case was pending, records show.

Gorman can have his prison sentenced halved for good behavior and he also will be on parole for two years.

A message left for Gorman's defense attorney, William Gibbs, was not returned Thursday.

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