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Zion man pleads guilty to burglary

James Brown

James Brown

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Updated: February 17, 2013 1:41AM

James Brown was at the Lake County court house Tuesday.

Not the legendary ‘king of soul,’ but James Brown of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Brown, 46, pleaded guilty to residential burglary before Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti. Zion police found Brown inside a Zion residence after the burglar alarm went off, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Kalata.

One of the windows was broken and Brown admitted to entering the residence with the intent to steal items, Kalata said.

Brown will serve six years in prison for the offense committed on Aug. 25. Residential burglary is normally punishable four to 15 years in prison, but Brown faced a sentencing range of six to 30 years because of his prior felony sex conviction from 1989, Rossetti said.

Brown will serve six years in prison followed by three years of parole. He has to pay $1,181 in fees and will get credit for the 115 days he has been in custody at Lake County Jail.

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