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Crime & Courts

Theft case nets 7-year prison sentence

Michael Shaddix, 37, of the 6100 block of Howison Road north of Somonauk, pleaded guilty to theft June 24.
Michael Shaddix, 37, of the 6100 block of Howison Road north of Somonauk, pleaded guilty to theft June 24.

SYCAMORE — A Somonauk area man was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday after admitting to stealing antique items and tools in 2012.

Michael Shaddix, 37, of the 6100 block of Howison Road north of Somonauk, pleaded guilty to theft June 24 for stealing metal items, wire, silver platter, silver spoons and a silver teapot worth more than $10,000 in August 2012, court records show.

That theft charge typically is punishable with between three to seven years in prison, but Shaddix faced harsher sentencing of between six and 30 years in prison because he previously was convicted of theft and manufacturing a controlled substance, Assistant State's Attorney Phil Montgomery said.

DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert recommended Shaddix serve his sentence in a prison that offers specialized drug treatment. Shaddix will receive credit for 315 days, or more than 10 months, he served in DeKalb County Jail while the case was pending.

Other charges of burglary, attempted burglary and theft were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

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