Woodstock man sentenced to prison for 2019 residential burglary

Thomas J. Freeman receives 10-year prison sentence after accepting plea deal Tuesday

A 59-year-old Woodstock man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for stealing a decorative knife and other personal items from another man’s home in 2019.

Thomas J. Freeman entered a plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to a single count of residential burglary. McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Freeman to 10 years in prison.

The charge stemmed from an Oct. 31, 2019, allegation that Freeman entered a home in Cary without the owner’s permission, according to a news release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. Freeman, of the 600 block of South Street, stole several personal items, including a decorative knife, and then fled the home when the owner confronted him, according to the release and court documents.

He suffered a minor injury while trying to flee and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before he arrived at the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock, police said at the time.

Freeman remained at the county jail without bond Tuesday afternoon awaiting transportation to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.