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Crime & Courts

Defendant found guilty of Ottawa home invasion

Deangelo Harris
Deangelo Harris

A suburban man was found guilty Wednesday of a rural Ottawa home invasion.

DeAngelo B. Harris, 23, Country Club Hills, was found guilty of entering a man's home in March 2017, threatening him with a pistol shot and stealing his wristwatch, wallet, credit card and $164. The victim was 71-years-old at the time.

Harris, who is in custody, is to be sentenced Thursday, Jan. 10. Circuit Judge Cynthia Raccuglia determined guilt, as Harris opted to have the judge, instead of a jury, decide the case. Trial began Aug. 6 and continued intermittently until Wednesday.

Harris is represented by Public Defender Tim Cappellini and prosecuted by State's Attorney Karen Donnelly and Assistant State's Attorney Jeremiah Adams.

The prosecution said the home invasion came at the end of a crime spree by Harris, which included armed robberies of gas stations in Countryside, Palos Heights and Minooka. Harris stole cash and whiskey during the holdups, according to prosecutors, who added the car Harris drove to rural Ottawa was stolen in Gary, Ind.

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office arrested Harris at the rural Ottawa home.

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