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Zion man in 2012 Gurnee standoff pleads guilty to home invasion

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  • Kendrick Augillard

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A Zion man who entered a Gurnee home and shot at three people inside in 2012, pleaded guilty to single counts of home invasion and aggravated cruelty to an animal in Lake County court, officials said Tuesday.

Kendrick Augillard, 36, of the 4200 block of Barberry Lane, faces between 24 and 48 years in prison when he is sentenced April 10, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Jim Newman said.

Charges of attempted murder, discharging a firearm during a home invasion and residential burglary that were initially filed against Augillard were dropped as part of the plea deal reached Friday, Newman said.

Had the case gone to trial, Augillard could have been sentenced to a maximum of 50 years behind bars.

He previously pleaded not guilty to charges in the Oct. 19, 2012, break-in and standoff.

Authorities said the three victims were eating inside the single-family home on the 4400 block of Raven Court when Augillard entered about 6:50 a.m. and started shooting.

At least one victim escaped and called police during the gunfire, authorities said, while others barricaded themselves behind closed doors in rooms inside the home.

Augillard trapped one person inside a bathroom in the home and tried to shoot the victim through the door, authorities said. A dog inside the home was hit by a bullet and later required surgery, authorities said.

The victims escaped after Augillard's gun jammed shortly before police arrived, and he barricaded himself inside the home, officials said.

River Trail Elementary School and Warren Township High School's O'Plaine Campus were placed on lockdown during the armed standoff, authorities said, and the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System was called in to surround the house.

The standoff ended at 10:15 a.m. when Augillard gave himself up to police following a brief negotiation.

Augillard was held at the Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail while waiting trial. That bail was officially withdrawn following his plea deal.

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