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updated: 9/4/2014 4:26 PM

Hoffman Estates man pleads guilty to home invasion, attempted arson

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  • Ronald J. Brainer

    Ronald J. Brainer


A 22-year-old Hoffman Estates man pleaded guilty to attempted arson and home invasion in two different incidents, court records show.

Ronald J. Brainer was senqtenced to six years in prison for the home invasion and four years for attempted aggravated arson, according to court records. Cook County Judge Bridget Hughes ordered the sentences to be served concurrently, records show. She also ordered Brainer to pay $649 in fines.

On Dec. 8, 2013, Hoffman Estates police received a call about a man with a homemade incendiary device, prosecutors said at Brainer's bond hearing last December. Prosecutors said Brainer became upset after arguing with his girlfriend and made a device of wooden matches taped to cans of spray paint, hair spray, lighter fluid and other items. He taped the device to his body and threatened to detonate it, prosecutors said at the time of his arrest.

In January, Brainer was charged along with Steven D. Flynn of Schaumburg and a juvenile with a Jan. 3, 2014, home invasion in Elgin. Police say the trio entered the home, struck the 38-year-old resident and took several items from the home. Cook County Jail records show Flynn remains incarcerated.

Brainer received credit for 269 days in custody. He must complete at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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