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Lake Villa home invader gets 30 more years

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    Miguel Rico


A former Antioch man found guilty of kidnapping and home invasion in Lake Villa was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

Miguel Rico's sentence will begin when he finishes serving the 30 years behind bars he received for a similar crime he committed in Antioch Township, Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes said.

That's 60 years in prison for Rico, 20, formerly of the 1100 block of McKenzie Road, prosecutors said.

Rico snickered Tuesday when Shanes announced the sentence would be consecutive to the time he is serving. Defense attorneys announced in court they would appeal the ruling.

Rico could have been sentenced to up to 45 years in prison for the Lake Villa crime after he was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, home invasion and residential burglary in October.

Authorities said Rico entered a home on the 800 block of Longwood Drive on Sept. 1, 2010 and was stealing property through an open garage door when a resident arrived.

Rico pointed a gun at the victim as he entered the door, authorities said, then bound him with duct tape and zip ties before fleeing with the stolen property in the victim's Mitsubishi Eclipse. The car was found torched a few miles from the residence, authorities said.

About a week later, police said, Rico entered an Antioch Township home brandishing a knife. Inside the home, Rico tied up a man and a woman with duct tape. He loaded a Nissan Altima owned by the victims with stolen items and fled, police said.

Rico was arrested in Round Lake Beach a day later when a resident on the 1300 block of Longwood Drive saw the stolen Altima parked in front of an abandoned house and recognized it from media reports. Police said Rico used the abandoned home to store stolen goods.

Rico was found guilty in May 2012 of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated home invasion and aggravated armed violence for the Antioch Township attack.

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