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Elgin man sentenced to 17 years in brutal home invasion, beating of couple


Modesto Rosales

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Updated: January 9, 2014 6:42AM

An Elgin man has been sent to prison for his role in a brutal home invasion last summer in which two victims were badly beaten, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Modesto Rosales, 25, of the 300 block of Wilcox Avenue, on Thursday agreed to a sentence of 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of home invasion, a Class X felony, and one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony. Circuit Judge Susan Clancy Boles accepted the plea, a release from the state’s attorney’s office said.

According to police, at about 3:20 a.m. June 23, 2012, Rosales and co-defendant Jaime Zarate, 28, of the 500 block of Willis Street, Elgin, kicked in the front door of a residence in the 400 block of Raymond Street, Elgin. Rosales and Zarate then beat the victims, a male and a female, with fists, a clothes iron, a computer monitor and a wooden chair. The victims suffered serious injuries, including deep cuts and broken teeth, to the face, head, neck and arms. The victims suffered permanent scarring all over their bodies as a result of the attack. The female victim was Rosales’ former girlfriend and the male victim was her new boyfriend. The attack was witnessed by the young son of the female victim and Rosales.

The sentence is 15 years for the home invasion and two years for the aggravated battery. The terms are to be served consecutively. According to Illinois law, Rosales must serve at least 85 percent of the 15-year sentence. He is eligible for day-for-day credit on the two-year sentence. Rosales was given credit for at least 561 days served in the Kane County jail, where he had been held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Mark Stajdohar.

Zarate’s case is pending. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, home invasion, a Class X felony, and aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 5, 2014. Zarate is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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