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Greenview woman sentenced to seven years for role in Pike County burglaries

Jacki McLaughlin
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Feb. 15, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 15, 2020 12:24 am

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- A Greenview woman was sentenced on Thursday to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to several charges in two residential burglaries in Pike County.

Jacki C. McLaughlin, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of residential burglary, one count of unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Pike County Sheriff's Department said it started an investigation Oct. 29, 2019, after a residential burglary in Baylis. The homeowner came home and found U.S. currency, firearms and other items stolen from the home.

Physical evidence collected from the home was submitted to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab and used to identify McLaughlin as a suspect.

The Sheriff's Department attempted to find McLaughlin by contacting other law enforcement agencies, as she had multiple warrants in several counties.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a second residential burglary Nov. 10, 2019, in Baylis, where a resident reported several items had been stolen, including TVs, firearms and a truck.

The truck was discovered later that evening after the Morgan County Sheriff's Department conducted a traffic stop and arrested the driver, William J. Williams, 43, of Springfield.

The Sheriff's Department said evidence collected from his arrest led to McLaughlin, who was arrested two days later in Greenview after a brief foot pursuit.

Upon McLaughlin's arrest, the Sheriff's Department said it learned of her involvement in residential burglaries and thefts in Pike, Brown, Morgan, Sangamon and Menard counties and cooperated with the investigation.

Williams' case is pending, with a jury trial set for April 13.

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