Man guilty of August 2013 home invasion, battery of elderly man

Tyler Lawson
Tyler Lawson

Online Staff Report

Tyler Lawson, 20, has been found guilty of home invasion, residential burglary and aggravated battery.

On the evening of Aug. 12, 2013, Winnebago County sheriff’s police were called to the victim’s house in reference to a home invasion. The 85-year-old homeowner reported he was sleeping, but woke up to a loud noise. The victim saw the defendant, Lawson, standing in the hallway of his home. Lawson punched the elderly man in the face, choked him, physically restrained him and demanded money.

Home invasion is a Class X felony that has a sentencing range of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The penalty range is enhanced to six to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections because of the victim’s age.

Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony that carries a sentencing range of four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The penalty range is enhanced to six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections because of the defendant’s prior record.

Aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony that carries a sentencing range of two to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 8 in front of the Judge Fernando Engelsma.

Posted April 2, 2014

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