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Jacksonville man pleads guilty in Pike County home invasions

Edwin Powell
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jul. 7, 2020 5:40 pm Updated: Jul. 7, 2020 6:10 pm

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- A Jacksonville man faces between 26 and 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty last week in a string of Pike County home invasions.

Court records show that Edwin L. Powell pleaded 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 on June 30. He will be sentenced Aug. 19.

Powell, 29, was arrested Aug. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, in connection with residential burglaries in Adams, Pike and Scott counties on Aug. 15 and 16. Two home invasions were reported Aug. 16 in rural Pike County.

"Mr. Powell is the last to plead guilty of the four co-defendants in these cases," said Pike County State's Attorney Zack Boren. "I look forward to the sentencing day and to providing some measure of closure to these victims and to our community."

Powell is the last to plead in the home invasions.

Tyler J. Runk, 23, pleaded 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 March 5. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison on May 21.

Germarco D. Tate, 26, pleaded guilty to three counts of home invasion and one count of residential burglary on Oct. 22, 2019, and was sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Jordan T.R. Gallup, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of residential burglary and one count of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle on Dec. 19. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison on the burglary charges and seven years on the stolen vehicle charge. Both of the sentences are concurrent.

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