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Probation for summer 2013 Gilberts' gun theft

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  • Matthew R. Dupasquier

      Matthew R. Dupasquier

  • David L. Schaefer

      David L. Schaefer

 
 

A 17-year-old was sentenced to two years probation and 90 days electronic home monitoring after admitting to his role in a June 2013 burglary in Gilberts in which two guns were stolen.

Matthew Dupasquier, of the 500 block of Running Deer Lane, Gilberts, also must pay $3,400 in fines and court costs and was jailed for nine days.

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Under a plea agreement approved Wednesday by Kane County Judge Karen Simpson, prosecutors dismissed the more severe charge of residential burglary, along with felonies of aggravated possession of two stolen firearms with defaced serial numbers.

Dupasquier and co-defendant David Schaefer, 19, were arrested and charged with the June 17 theft of a handgun, shotgun, electronics, jewelry and video game equipment from a 35-year-old woman's residence in the 200 block of Tollview Terrace, Gilberts, according to court records.

Dupasquier's only previous offense in Kane County was underage possession of tobacco in April 2012 in Hampshire.

"It was certainly appropriate that he did not have any further jail time. I don't think jail time in this situation was warranted," said Dupasquier's defense attorney, Randy Johnson. "I think the court did the just thing by approving the (plea) agreement. He's a good young man and I hope he doesn't encounter problems like this later in life."

If Dupasquier violates probation, he could be resentenced to up to seven years in prison.

Schaefer, 19, of the 0-99 block of Galligan Road, Gilberts, appeared briefly in Kane County court Thursday and is next due in court on Feb. 27.

Schaefer faces the same charges that initially were filed against Dupasquier, along with escaping from a peace officer, also a felony.

Schaefer has been held since June at the Kane County jail on $105,750 bail, meaning he must post $10,575 to be released while the case is pending. He also has two other felony cases pending: a false report of an offense in September 2012 in Elgin and a July 2012 theft in Hampshire, record show.

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