Clarendon Hills home intruder gets maximum six-year sentence
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:08AM
Wheaton — The man who broke into a Clarendon Hills home in March, just nine hours after being released from prison, was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.
Korey Blackwood, 31, of Des Plaines, was charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he entered a Clarendon Hills home on the 400 block of Colfax Avenue about 2 a.m. March 7, Clarendon Hills police said.
On July 11, Blackwood entered a plea of guilty to one count of trespass to residence, a Class 4 Felony. His six-year sentence, which was the maximum allowable under the law, was imposed by DuPage Circuit Judge John Kinsella. Blackwood will be required to serve 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
“A family’s home is their sanctuary,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in a statement. “For this innocent family, however, that sanctuary was violated in the middle of the night by an intruder, Mr. Blackwood, in their kitchen.”
At the time of the incident, Blackwell was taken into custody by police after being restrained by a resident of the home, police said. Clarendon Hills Police Chief Ted Jenkins said Blackwood took an Amtrak train to Chicago and then a Metra train to Clarendon Hills after being released at 5 p.m. March 6 from Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling. Jenkins said there was no forced entry into the home.
“A dog in the home started barking,” Jenkins said. “The woman in the house started yelling at Blackwood to get out, and her husband woke up and gained control of Blackwood.”
The woman in the house, resident AnnMarie Fauske, said she ran down the stairs when she heard her dog barking.
“I ran down and heard a man’s voice saying, ‘It’s OK,” Fauske said a couple of days after the incident. “I flipped on the light; he was in the kitchen. At first, I didn’t think it was real; I couldn’t process it.”
Fauske said Blackwood told her he was looking for a place to sleep.
“He said he went to the police station, but no one was there,” she said. “He was so calm, like he’s done this before, which makes it even more frightening.”
Fauske said her screaming at Blackwood to get out of the house woke up her husband, who came down to the kitchen.
“My husband asked him if he was armed, and he said he wasn’t,” she said. “My husband grabbed him — my husband is 6 feet 4 inches tall, and this guy is 5-9 — and we called the police.”