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Bartlett man to be sentenced in 2010, 2011 burglaries

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A Bartlett man accused of breaking into an elderly woman's house, exposing himself, and then punching her and knocking her down a flight of stairs pleaded guilty Tuesday to residential burglary.

Michael Corbett, 47, of the 900 block of South Castlewood Lane, pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges of home invasion and aggravated battery.

Corbett, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and a seizure disorder, will be sentenced to six years and seven months in prison on April 14. First, tough, he must be sentenced for a similar crime in Cook County.

DuPage County Prosecutor Ann Celine O'Hallaren said Tuesday that Corbett entered the 82-year-old victim's home through an open garage door around 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2010, as she took out her garbage. She said the victim returned to find Corbett seated in her living room "wearing only a baseball cap and sunglasses with his pants around his ankles masturbating."

Prosecutors said the woman was hospitalized for three days, with a broken rib and several contusions, after Corbett chased her, knocked her down a flight of stairs and punched her before pulling up his pants and fleeing the scene.

Authorities apprehended Corbett after he made an "almost identical" attempt in April at a different home in the Cook County part of Bartlett.

In that case, authorities said, Corbett again tried to enter through an open garage, but found an interior door locked as a female resident arrived home. He was arrested a few blocks away.

Prosecutors said Corbett gave a full confession. At his initial bond hearing, prosecutors said Corbett had in his possession strips of tape, which he planned to use to cover the mouth and eyes of a female victim.

Whatever sentence he receives on the Cook County case next week will run concurrent with the sentence of six years and seven months agreed to Tuesday in DuPage County.

Prosecutors said Corbett's medical conditions and extreme medicinal regiment played factors in their sentencing recommendation.

Corbett will serve half of the 79-month sentence and receive credit for the two months he spent in DuPage County jail following his arrest and the 32 months he's been on GPS monitored home confinement since his release. In total, Corbett will serve roughly 5½ months in prison before being eligible for parole.

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