Two yet to accept plea deals in home invasion case

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ROCKFORD - Nearly a year after a South Beloit home invasion, the final two defendants charged in the case have yet to accept plea deals with the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office.

The June 14, 2018, incident in the 14000 block of Prairie Commons Lane resulted in the arrest of Cherita A. Hanson, 34, Sallie M. Prince, 25, and Antwon D. Smith, 38, all of Rockford, Charles J. McCanse, 34, of Mt. Morris, Illinois, and Alec T. Pulley, 32, of Elgin, Illinois.

To date, Smith pleaded guilty to home invasion, residential burglary, possession of a stolen firearm and obstruction of justice on Jan. 22; Prince pleaded guilty to attempted residential burglary on Feb. 14 and Hanson pleaded guilty to attempted residential burglary on April 3.

McCanse and Pulley were set to enter pleas on Monday, but due to an attorney scheduling conflict the hearings were canceled. A status conference hearing is set for June 6, according to court staff.

The pair are both charged with conspiracy to commit home invasion, home invasion cause injury, residential burglary and possession of a stolen firearm, according to court records.

According to Winnebago County Circuit Clerk Tom Klein, Smith will appear in court on Thursday for a status conference before a future sentencing hearing.

Court records show both Hanson and Prince were sentenced to two-years probation and are required to pay court costs.

On June 14, the South Beloit Police Department responded to the 14000 block of Prairie Commons Lane for a home invasion in which a 52-year-old man and his teenage children were confronted by masked, armed suspects who demanded money. Winnebago County Sheriff's detectives were called in to assist in the investigation. Reports from the South Beloit Police Department indicate the incident occurred around 2 a.m. when a female acquaintance of the 52-year-old man came to his home to visit. She told the man a female friend was in her car and asked if she could come in. Shortly after that, three men wearing masks entered the home and restrained the homeowner and his teenage son and daughter. However, the man was able to break free and he and his 16-year-old son began fighting with the intruders. The man was able to take a knife from one of the suspects. He then stabbed one of the suspects, according to the report.

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