One Pekin man learned and another was told Friday that barging into a home without permission to beat someone will lead to prison.
If Brad Denham is convicted of the charge of home invasion filed against him, he’ll face up to 30 years behind bars, Denham learned when he was brought into court on that Class X felony after a month-long search.
Billy Beever, 27, faced the same felony before he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and received a three-year prison sentence in a plea agreement.
Denham, 19, of 50 N. 20th St., had been sought since Aug. 4, when he allegedly charged into a house in the 2200 block of Church Street to beat a man inside. He’s also accused of violating the probation he received for aggravated battery to a police officer two years ago.
A team of city police and U.S. marshals found him at about 7 p.m. Thursday in an apartment in the 1400 block of Ann Eliza Street. He surrendered peacefully, said Pekin Police Public Information Officer Mike Eeten.
“When you forcibly enter somebody’s home and do bodily harm, this is a guy we want to get,” Eeten said when the search began.
During the night Denham and a friend went to the Church Street home where Denham’s ex-girlfriend lived. He pushed past a woman trying to block him at the door, found the man sleeping in a bedroom with others and began beating him, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
The victim suffered a broken tooth and a possible broken nose before Denham’s friend, with the woman’s permission, entered and convinced him to leave, the affidavit stated.
Denham was ordered held on $25,000 bond pending a Sept. 18 preliminary hearing.
Beever, of 813 N. Third St., was charged with home invasion in June after he and his mother allegedly teamed up to batter, pursue and again beat a 27-year-old woman.
The woman said she left her home after Beever pushed her against a wall. She walked with her two young children to her grandmother’s residence. Beever and Diana Sisk, 49, followed her.
He entered the home without permission and pulled her out to its front porch, where she struck her head on a railing as Beever hit her and Sisk held her by her hair, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
He received the maximum prison term available after pleading guilty to felony domestic battery and resisting the police officer who later arrested him. Sisk remains charged with misdemeanor battery.
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