A 45-year-old Chicago man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to two Evanston burglaries.

Kelly J. Skamra, of 527 W. 14th Place, was sentence by Judge Garritt Howard in Skokie district court earlier this week for burglaries in the 500 block of Grey Avenue and the 2800 block of Sheridan Road.

In the incident on Grey, a woman called police about 11:20 a.m. Dec. 1, to report that she was on the phone with her son who had just fled their home along with her daughter after a man forced entry to the home through a side door and made off with a laptop computer.

Thanks to a description provided by the son, police located Skamra in the 300 block of Dodge Avenue where they recovered items taken in the burglary and Skamra was positively identified as the burglar.

He was latered linked to the Sheridan Road incident, which occurred on Nov. 26, through a fingerprint found at the scene.

Skamra, who’s been in custody since his arrest, had been paroled last October after serving six years of a 12-year sentence for residential burglary.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Court news coverage

    I'm glad EvanstonNow is covering court news.

    I look forward to reading the convictions and sentencing of every burglar arrested in Evanston. I wonder if Bobby Witherspoon arrested last year was convicted and what the sentence was. Or the serial laundry room burglar, Jose Clark.

  2. This is good news

    I agree with Anonymous Al.  We all know of Evanston's crimes but we don't often see the outcomes that happen down the road.  Please do more reporting on the court news front.


  3. I want to point out that

    I want to point out that thanks to the work of the Evanston Police Department's expanded Evidence Division, this crime was solved within the department instead of thru the IL State Crime Lab which typically takes over 12 months to produce a finger print comparison report. Thanks to the skill of Officer Larry Miller, who recently completed a six month Latent Finger Print Expert training course, Officer Miller was able to locate, develop and successully match the print to the offender. This is a great program, supported by Chief Eddington. We should all be very thankful to have this level of skill and professionslism in our Evanston Police Department. Keep up the great work!

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