Sterling man sentenced on lesser charge of trespass

November 28, 2018

STERLING – A Sterling man charged in May 2017 with two counts of home invasion and criminal trespass, both felony charges, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespass.

Per a plea agreement, Brent D. Hamblen, 28, was sentenced to 2 years of conditional discharge and given credit for 274 days served in Whiteside County Jail.

Hamblen entered a woman’s home near Freeport Road and Seventh Street around 3:30 a.m. that May 6 and was arrested on May 12, 2017.

In September 2017, he was released on a $200,000 recognizance bond to attend treatment, court records show. He returned to jail after treatment, and was released that November on another recognizance bond.

The misdemeanor trespass charge was added Oct. 24; he pleaded guilty to the amended charge and was sentenced. The felony charges were dismissed.

Like probation, conditional discharge requires Hamblen to follow certain restrictions; failure to do so could result in more conditions, or to jail time. He does not have to report to a probation officer; the court will supervise and monitor his release.

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