Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Burglar gets 4 years

by Rob Ireland

July 05, 2012

When an Illinois inmate finishes his sentence in the Prairie State, he has another four years hanging over his head in Badger land.

Vernon E. Nease, 38, of Canton, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of burglary, felony theft and misdemeanor mistreatment of animals.

All of the charges stem from burglaries he committed in Walworth County in 2010.

Judge John Race on June 28 sentenced Nease to four years in a state prison and three years of extended supervision.

The sentence is consecutive to any sentence he is now serving.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Jan. 22, 2010, in the town of Richmond, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department began investigating a burglary. A homeowner reported several items of jewelry were missing. After learning of several neighborhood burglaries, a man talked to a suspicious person in a white vehicle.

That person said he was looking for an ATV, which was listed for sale. The suspicious person was later identified in a photo lineup as Nease.

On Jan. 22, 2010, in the town of Sharon, police spoke to a woman who was the victim of a burglary. The woman said when she returned home she found her dog locked in a bathroom.

Inside of the bathroom, the woman found blood and there also was blood in the kitchen. That woman reported that several items were stolen, including a firearm. The woman said her dog would have aggressively barked at an intruder and possibly tried to bite anyone who came into the home.

On Sept. 23, 2011, at the Illinois River Correctional Center, police interviewed Nease who said he was part of a burglary group, but he wanted to put that in his past.

He admitted to breaking into three homes in the county. In the home in Sharon Township, Nease said someone shot the dog.