Illinois man convicted of Murphysboro burglary sentenced

A Carterville, Illinois, man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Wednesday on burglary charges regarding incidents in Murphysboro, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael C. Carr.

Originally from Lake County, 48-year-old Ronald E. Kelley Jr. was convicted of burglary and attempted residential burglary on April 7. His sentencing hearing was held Wednesday, June 24.

In an announcement Wednesday, Carr said Kelley was sentenced to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for attempted residential burglary and eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for burglary. He’s also required to serve a three-year period of mandatory supervised release on each count, and the sentences are to run concurrently.

The incidents the charges stem from happened Aug. 31, 2014, according to Carr’s office. Kelley is alleged to have burglarized an automobile on South 9th Street in Murphysboro before trying to enter a home on South Street.  

That night, the woman who lived at the home told dispatchers she saw a man, who she later identified as Kelley, halfway through her bathroom window. When she confronted him, he retreated from her window and fled.  

Carr’s office said police noted the woman and the car burglary victim gave the same description at the time of the incidents. When officers found him walking down a road near both homes, the searched him.  Officers said they found property on him identified as stolen from a third victim, who lived on South 15th Street.