22 Years for Masked, Knife-Weilding McHenry Home Invad

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:

MCHENRY MAN SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS FOR ARMED ROBBERY, HOME INVASION, ARMED VIOLENCE AND AGGRAVATED UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT CHARGES

Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that thirty year old Vincent E. Smith, of McHenry, was sentenced today to 22 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offenses of

  • Home Invasion
  • Armed Robbery
  • Armed Violence and
  • two counts of Aggravated Unlawful Restraint

The defendant was found guilty on all counts on February 14, 2011 following a four day jury trial.

Evidence at trial revealed that in the early morning hours of October 16, 2010, Vincent Smith and Josh Crandall entered a home in unincorporated McHenry.

Both defendants were masked, and witnesses described both as being armed with knives.

Crandall held up one man at knifepoint and stole $7,000 in one hundred dollar denominations.

Crandall cut the man’s throat and stabbed him in the sternum area.

Another man was stabbed three times outside of the home while the two masked men were exiting the home.

Both victims survived the attack.

At trial, four witnesses in the home were able to point to the defendant as one of the masked offenders.

Members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies were able to determine the identity of the perpetrators and apprehended both Crandall and Smith on the date of the offense.

A search warrant of Smith’s residence yielded forty-two $100 bills found in his closet hidden in a DVD case.

Josh Crandall, following a partially negotiated plea, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on March 11, 2011.

These cases were investigated by Det. Maldonado of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Ryan Blackney and David Johnston.


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