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Quincy teen pleads guilty to role in home invasion

James D. Phillips
Posted: Oct. 29, 2014 5:46 pm Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 6:15 pm

By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

One of two men arrested in a home invasion that resulted in a manhunt July 21 near the Illinois Veterans Home pleaded guilty Wednesday to a residential burglary charge.

James D. Phillips, 18, of Quincy, will be sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections during a Dec. 12 sentencing hearing in front of Judge William Mays in Adams County Circuit Court. Phillips' prison sentence will be between four and 15 years. A Class X charge of home invasion was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Information filed in Phillips' case showed he pointed a pistol at Jon Matuszak and told him to "get the (expletive) back" during a burglary the morning of July 21 at 900 Locust. Matuszak said two men wearing white gloves and white masks were in his bedroom. He said one man with a gun threatened to shoot him, while another man in the room held a baseball bat.

Matuszak said the men took a pocketknife, two video game systems and a bank filled with change and currency. Matuszak's mother, Kathy Boll, said a gun that she had hidden under her bed -- a Ruger P94 -- also was taken during the incident. Matuszak's brother, Patrick, was home alone and asleep before the incident. He was not injured.

Matuszak identified Chadwick H. Kelly, 23, to police as one of the men involved in the incident. Matuszak said he did not know Phillips.

The Quincy Police Department searched Veterans Home grounds for several hours but did not find either man. Phillips was arrested the day after the incident in Quincy. Kelly was arrested four days later in Paris, Tenn.

Assistant State's Attorney Brett Jansen said Matuszak identified Phillips through a photo lineup. Jansen said Phillips admitted to police that he and Kelly went into the residence with the intent of robbing the home.

Gerald Timmerwilke, who is representing Phillips, said Philips did not know if anyone was home at the time of the robbery.

Phillips and Kelly were indicted of the charges by an Adams County grand jury in September. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to his charges. His case is on the November jury docket.

Phillips has been held in the Adams County Jail since his arrest on $75,000 bond. Kelly also is being held in jail. His bond is set at $100,000.

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