Man Sentenced in Home Invasion Case

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – On September 27th, the Winnebago County State's Attorney announced that 24-year-old Luis Avila was sentenced by Judge Rosemary Collins to 28 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Home Invasion and 6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense Aggravated Unauthorized Use of a Weapon. The defendant pled guilty to the offenses on July 9, 2012.

On May 25, 2011, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home invasion in progress on Atwood Ave in Rockford. The 67-year-old victim had an open line with 911, and suspects could be heard on the 911 call. The suspects fled the house when deputies arrived and one suspect, later identified as Luis I. Avila, was caught and taken into custody. Avila was identified as having pointed a weapon at the victim while making demands. On May 26, 2011, Detectives conducted a search of the area where the Avila was taken into custody, and located a loaded 9 mm Ruger P89 handgun with a laser sight attached to it. The defendant did not possess a valid FOID card.

Home Invasion is a Class X Felony with a sentencing range of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections however due to the age of the victim extended term applies increasing the sentencing range to 6-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon is a Class 4 Felony with a sentencing range of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections however due to the fact that the weapon had a laser sight attached extended term sentencing applies increasing the sentencing range to 1-6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.


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