Man gets 25 years for burglaries

A rural Mulberry Grove man who was arrested in September for four burglaries has accepted a prison sentence after pleading guilty to those burglaries.

Bobby L. Phillips, 48, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday, nine days after enter an open plea of guilty to four counts of burglary filed in September by Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel. In entering an open plea, Phillips agreed to accept a sentence decided by a judge.

Friedel said Judge Jim Roberts accepted the 25-year prison term that he and Phillips’ attorney, Public Defender Ed Potter, had agreed upon.

Each of the four counts of burglary is a Class 2 felony that is punishable by three to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000 per count.

However, because of prior convictions, Friedel said, Phillips was eligible for sentencing under Class X guidelines, six to 30 years in prison.

Friedel said that Phillips prior convictions included at least two felony burglaries and a federal weapons offense.

The charges alleged that Phillips broke into buildings at four rural locations in Fayette County with the intent to commit theft.

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