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Somonauk man pleads guilty to theft

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:02 p.m. CDT
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Michael Shaddix

SYCAMORE – A 37-year-old Somonauk-area man who admitted stealing tools and other items could face up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in August.

Michael Shaddix, of the 6100 block of Howison Road north of Somonauk, pleaded guilty to theft Tuesday for stealing tools, antiques, wire, a silver platter, silver spoons and a silver teapot worth more than $10,000, court records show.

In separate cases, Shaddix was also charged with burglary for allegedly stealing items Oct. 1 out of a car in Somonauk. In another case, he was charged with attempted burglary and theft for allegedly taking aluminum siding and down spouts and looking to steal other items in a Waterman barn, court records show. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

The theft charge for which Shaddix pleaded guilty is typically punishable by three to seven years in prison, but he is subject to a harsher sentence of between six and 30 years because of previous convictions.

Shaddix served eight years in prison for a 2004 conviction for manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance. He was also convicted of burglary in 2001 and received four years in prison, said Phil Montgomery, DeKalb County assistant state's attorney.

Shaddix is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 18.

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