EDWARDSVILLE — One of two men pleaded guilty Monday in a case involving a series of burglaries at the farm of former 5th District Appellate Court Judge Gordon Maag.
Timothy Jarrett, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to Class 2 burglary in Madison County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to one year of periodic imprisonment, but he has been in custody for six months and received credit for six months of good behavior, according to Madison County state's attorney Stephanee Smith.
He is not likely to serve any additional time, though he will be on probation until 2013.
Jarrett and 29-year-old Jason Coats were charged with a series of burglaries at the home of Maag. He had estimated more than $100,000 in collectible guns and a number of other items had been stolen from the farm.
Maag had publicly criticized the Collinsville Police Department for its investigation, calling for extra patrols and a surveillance camera after multiple break-ins. But Collinsville Police Chief Scott Williams said in later conversations, Maag was "very complimentary" of the work they did in conjunction with the Madison County Sheriff's Department to investigate the burglaries.
Williams said he believes about half of the stolen weapons were recovered by the sheriff's department when they arrested the two suspects.
Maag served on the appeals court in Mount Vernon from 1992 to 2004, when he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the state Supreme Court, losing to Lloyd Karmeier.
Coats' case is still pending, Smith said.
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