4th man convicted in Elgin home invasion

February 26, 2010 11:44:46 AM PST
An Elgin man is the fourth to be convicted in a 2008 home invasion in which six people, including four children, were reportedly bound with duct tape while their home was ransacked.Christian Lopez, 21, was convicted in the August 22, 2008 burglary of a home in Elgin during which two adults and four children were bound with duct tape, including the covering of their eyes and mouth, except the youngest child. During the break-in, a woman was able to escape through a bathroom window and call police.

Lopez was convicted Thursday of one count of home invasion, one count of residential burglary and one count of theft.

Kane County authorities say Lopez was one of six people who broke into the home. Three have already been convicted in the case.

Frederick J. Neal, 36, and Leville Starks, 33, of Poplar Grove, and Donnel J. Lyle, 24, of Elgin, pleaded guilty and were all sentenced to 21 years in prison each.

Two other defendants were awaiting trial.