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10 years in prison for Woodstock man who burglarized Cary home, stole several items

Thomas J. Freeman, 59, of Woodstock.

A Woodstock man was sentenced to 10 years in prison — but will only serve 5 years — for burglarizing a Cary home during which the homeowner confronted the man.

Thomas J. Freeman, 59, who is homeless with a last known address in Woodstock, was indicted on one count of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office reached a negotiated plea deal with Freeman, who pleaded guilty to the residential burglary charge.

Freeman has a previous 1999 residential burglary conviction in McHenry.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Freeman to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Wilbrandt sentenced the man as a Class X offender due to his previous conviction. He will be required to serve 50% of his 10-year sentence, court documents show.

Freeman broke into a home in the 200 block of Spring Street in Cary on October 31, 2019, according to a criminal complaint.

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Prosecutors said that Freeman stole multiple personal items, including a decorative knife, from the home.

The homeowner confronted Freeman, who then fled the scene, prosecutors said.

Freeman will be required to pay $809 in court fines and fees. He remains held in the McHenry County Jail awaiting transport to a state prison.

The case was investigated by the Cary Police Department and prosecuted by Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.