Rockford, Illinois News

Man pleads guilty in home invasions involving elderly victims

ROCKFORD – A local man pleaded guilty to two counts of home invasion, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross reported.

Charles Gary, 27, entered the plea Thursday in front of Judge Randy Wilt.

Charges against Gray stemmed from two incidents, the first April 2, 2018, at 1632 Oakes Ave., where Rockford officers spoke to an 83-year-old woman who said two men forced their way into her home and demanded money. During the break-in, Gary struck the victim over the head, took her purse, and fled the scene.

Later that evening, Winnebago County deputies were dispatched to 2419 Devonshire Court and spoke to a 91-year-old woman who was getting ready for bed when she heard her front door forced open and observed someone coming down her hallway.

“The suspect pointed a gun at her demanding property,” Hite Ross said in a release. “The suspect grabbed a jewelry box and fled the scene.”

Cary was arrested during a traffic stop after the second home invasion. Deputies located property from both victims in his possession, Hite Ross said.

Home Invasion is a Class X felony with a sentencing range of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Because of the age of the victims, an extended-term of 60 years in prison applies.

Cary’s case is scheduled for a Sept. 30 sentencing hearing.

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