COURT REPORT: Teen Gets 6 Years For Boystown Car Break-In; 50-Year-Old Sentenced In Brick Attack

Holton (Ill. Dept of Corrections)

Leon Holton, 18, has received a 6-year sentence after pleading guilty to burglary in connection with a Boystown car break-in last autumn.

An observant resident called police on the morning of October 19 to report seeing two men pulling on door handles near Pine Grove and Addison. When police arrived, the two men fled.

Police eventually tracked Holton and another man down in some nearby yards after recovering a camera, Ray Ban sunglasses, cell phone cords, and an orange bag containing $17.90 cash nearby.

Holton has also been sentenced to another 6-year term for a separate robbery case. His sentences are to be served concurrently.

Brick Bashing Brings 6 Years

Barners (Ill. Dept of Corrections)

A 50-year-old man who has spent the majority of his time in prison since the Reagan administration is going back to the big house.

Parnell Barners, who was accused of smashing a man in the head with a brick near School and Clark last year, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and received a 6-year sentence on Friday.

Barners’ previous convictions earned him four years for aggravated battery in 2008; three years for narcotics in 2007; 30 months for shoplifting in 2005; 10 years for robbery in 1995; three years for theft and another three years for narcotics in 1992; seven years for burglary and another seven years for home invasion in 1987; three years for aggravated battery in 1987; and five years for robbery and another five years for aggravated battery in 1984. He began prison life in 1982, when he was sentenced to four years for robbery, six years for a different robbery, and 4 years for theft.

He is scheduled to be paroled on May 9, 2017.

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