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Man sentenced to 38 years for Pike home invasions

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From left to right: Tate, Powell, Runk, Gallup

PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) —A Jacksonville man has been sentenced for his part in two Pike County home invasions, according to the state’s attorney.

Pike County State’s Attorney Zachary Boren reported that on Wednesday Judge J. Frank McCartney sentenced Edwin Powell of Jacksonville to 38 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his part in two Pike County home invasions.

Boren stated on June 30, Powell pled guilty to three counts of home invasion, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and two counts of felony theft.

Judge McCartney conditionally concurred in the plea agreement with a cap of 40 years.

“Mr. Powell committed horrific offenses against law-abiding citizens in their homes,” said Pike County State’s Attorney Zack Boren, who prosecuted the case. “I know the victims’ lives will never be the same. But I hope they can begin to move on now that we have sentenced the last of the four co-defendants.” As part of his sentence, Judge McCartney ordered cash and other stolen property, including two vehicles, to be applied as restitution to the victims.

Boren stated due to the statutory minimum on the first count of home invasion, the minimum sentence Powell could have received was 26 years.

Powell appeared with his attorney, Marcus L. Schantz, of Springfield. The case began with a series of residential burglaries in Adams, Pike, and Scott counties on August 15, 2019, and continued with two home invasions in rural Pike County in the early morning hours of August 16.

Boren stated the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was the lead investigative agency for Powell’s case, with Sheriff David Greenwood and Sergeant Matt Frazier conducting a majority of the investigation.

Significant assistance was provided by other Pike County deputies, the Illinois State Police, the Jacksonville Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pittsfield Police Department.

“All the law enforcement officers involved did excellent work on this case from beginning to end,” said Boren. “I commend them for their quick response and coordination. With their help, my office will continue to aggressively prosecute those who commit violent crimes in Pike County.”

Boren stated the case involved three other co-defendants. On October 22, 2019, Germarco Tate pled guilty to three counts of home invasion and one count of residential burglary. He was sentenced to 32 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

He then filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea, which Judge McCartney denied on July 7, 2020. He appealed the denial of his motion, and that appeal is presently docketed before the Illinois Court of Appeals for the Fourth District.

Boren stated on December 19, 2019, Jordan Gallup pled guilty to two counts of residential burglary and one count of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. He was sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the residential burglary counts, concurrent with 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the possession of a stolen vehicle count.

Boren stated the last co-defendant, Tyler J Runk, pled guilty to three counts of home invasion, one count of residential burglary, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and three counts of felony theft.

On May 21, Judge McCartney sentenced him to 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He did not file a notice of appeal.

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