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Ashton burglar gets probation, treatment program mandate

Co-defendant still facing charges in several area break-ins

DIXON – One of two Ogle County men charged in connection with a break-in at an Ashton bar in November pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary.

Landon S. Kempson, 20, of Kings, was sentenced in Lee County Court to 2 years of probation and ordered to take part in the Treatment Alternative for Safe Communities program, which helps substance abusers and those with mental health disorders. 

If he successfully completes treatment and the terms of his probation, the case will be dismissed.

Kempson and  Mitchell R. Jacobson, 25, were arrested Nov. 19; sheriff’s deputies say they broke into Side Track Bar, 912 Main St., and stole bottles of alcohol.

Kempson had a set of brass knuckles in his pocket when he was arrested. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

Jacobson was charged with burglary in that case and has since been charged with several other break-ins in Lee and Ogle counties.

He will be back in court Feb. 7 for a pretrial conference.


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