Man gets 5 years in prison for 2016 South Elgin attack, shooting

Updated 1/9/2018 12:48 PM
  • Michael T. York could be out of prison in about a year.

    Michael T. York could be out of prison in about a year.

A man whose co-defendant was shot in the leg during a 2016 attack at a South Elgin home has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and sentenced to five years in prison on the eve of his jury trial in Kane County this week.

Michael T. York, 54, of the 300 block of South Collins Street, South Elgin, pleaded guilty last week to felony attempted home invasion in exchange for prosecutors dismissing more severe charges of home invasion causing injury, home invasion with a firearm, and armed robbery, all punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

York also must pay $2,910, of which $2,500 is restitution to the victim, who suffered a fractured eye socket in the July attack, according to court records. He was set for a jury trial Monday.

According to police, York and Alan L. Span, 49, of Elgin, attacked two men as they were entering a home on the 300 block of Windsor Court through an attached garage at about 11:30 p.m. July 9, 2016.

One of the men struck the resident in the face with the butt of the gun, but the homeowner grabbed the gun from York and fired at him. The shot missed York, but struck Span and both men ran off, police said.

Police used the homeowner's description and previous contact with York to pinpoint him as a suspect.

Officers found York at his residence and Span in the attached garage of York's home bleeding from a gunshot wound, police said.

York can have his sentence cut in half for good behavior. He gets credit for about 18 months served in the county jail while the case was pending, so he could be released from prison in about a year.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against Span after he died in spring 2017.

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