Judge Zimmer accepts guilty plea in Aledo burglaries

Cala Smoldt/Correspondent

A sentencing hearing is set for April 20 after Bradley Williams, 20 of Joy plead guilty Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Mercer County Circuit Court. He was one of four arrested after a string of burglaries last fall 2014 in Aledo.

He plead guilty to two Class 2 felony burglary charges. Count 1, on Oct. 4, 2014 He entered Subway in Aledo without permission with the intent to commit theft. Count 2, entering Mi Casa Restaurant in Aledo with the intent to commit theft on Sept. 23, 2014, with a group of young men.

As part of the negotiated plea deal the State agreed to put a cap on sentencing, agreeing that he will not be sentenced to more than 6 years prison. The State also agreed to drop Count 3, theft under $10,000.

He is required to pay restitution in the amount of $3,262. A Class 2 felony is punishable by up to 3-7 years prison, followed by 2 years mandatory supervised release, however, prison is not mandatory. He could be sentenced up to 4 years felony probation, be subject to periodic imprisonment, or serve 6 months in the county jail, and fined up to $25,000. As part of the agreement he cannot be sentenced more than 6 years doc.

State's Attorney Greg McHugh told Judge Richard Zimmer, "The State will acknowledge that he was very cooperative with authorities."

Pre-Trial for Tyler Bieri, 19 of Aledo, co-defendant in the burglaries, was continued to Jury pretrial on March 10. Per a plea agreement currently in the works, he is set to be evaluated. Bieri faces 2 counts of Class 2 felony burglary.

Co-defendant Austin Dale, 20 of Aledo appeared in Mercer County Court. His pre-trial was continued to March 16. Defense Attorney Larson (for Daniel Dalton) submitted a motion asking for a mental health and substance abuse evaluation. Dale faces 3 counts of Class 2 felony burglary charges.

March 31, the final co-defendant Colton Jones of Aledo is set to plea in Mercer County Court. He is charged with 3 counts of Class 2 felony burglary.