FOREST CITY | An 18-year-old from Forest City has received probation and a suspended two-year prison sentence for multiple vehicle break-ins and fleeing officers.
Andrew Maurice Youngers pleaded guilty last week in Winnebago County District Court to misdemeanor eluding law enforcement at a speed of more than 25 mph over the speed limit.
He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent and eight misdemeanor counts of third-degree burglary.
He was given a two-years suspended prison sentence and two years of probation on each count, but the sentences are all to be served concurrently.
Six counts of third-degree burglary and one count of felony second-degree criminal mischief were dismissed through a plea bargain.
A series of $625 fines were suspended.
Youngers was charged last August with fleeing law enforcement in an allegedly stolen vehicle and crashing the vehicle into the MBT bank building in Forest City on May 7, 2017.
He also was charged in connection with a string of vehicle break-ins that took place in late April and early May of 2017.
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All of the break-ins were in Forest City except one that took place in rural Fertile, according to court documents.
He was ordered to pay victim restitution of $820 for the break-ins.
Youngers also pleaded guilty to a magistrate court charge of reckless driving in connection with the eluding incident. He was ordered to pay a $65 fine and $306 restitution to MBT.
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Youngers was granted pre-trial release from custody in September.
However, he was arrested in Cerro Gordo County on Jan. 22 after his pre-trial release was revoked due to his allegedly cutting off his monitoring bracelet, abusing medication and other violations.
He remained in custody until he was released to inpatient treatment at Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services on Feb. 15.