Nelson sentenced for residential burglary

PRINCETON — A LaSalle man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 1 felony of residential burglary.

Joshua E. Nelson, 20, entered his guilty plea on April 29 before Associate Circuit Judge C. J. Hollerich for entering a residence with the intent to commit a theft therein.

Nelson was given credit for time served from his arrest on Dec. 26, 2013, through April 28.

He was also ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $727 within one year of his release from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Nelson was represented in court by Chicago attorney Kevin Bolger. Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

On Dec. 20, 2013, the Spring Valley Police Department responded to a 22-year-old male stating he had been shot with a handgun.

Eventually, the victim told police he was involved in a marijuana purchase at his Spring Valley residence.

He stated that while he was inside the residence, two individuals, whom he was with previously, had entered forcefully and brandished weapons.

He stated there was an ensuing struggle and he was shot superficially in the arm and in his lower side.

He received medical treatment for his injuries and was released from the hospital later that morning.

On Dec. 20, 2013, the charge of home invasion, a Class X felony, was filed against Nelson and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Nelson was arrested Dec. 26, 2013, in Cook County.

This is Nelson’s first adult offense.

The other intruder into the residence remains unknown at this time.