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Sterling man arrested in connection with 2016 home invasion

February 4, 2018 GMT

DIXON – A Sterling man wanted by authorities since 2016 was in Lee County Jail on Sunday, arrested in connection with an armed home invasion.

Verlance D. Hughes, 31, was arrested at 3:10 p.m. Thursday on three Lee County warrants. He is charged with home invasion with a dangerous weapon, which carries 6 to 30 years in prison; residential burglary, which carries 4 to 15 years; and battery with use of a deadly weapon, which carries 2 to 5 years.

Authorities say Hughes is an accomplice in late-night home invasion on Aug. 27, 2016, in which he and Marcus Evans, 22, of Sterling knocked on the door of a home in the 1300 block of Woodlawn Avenue around 11:30 p.m., entered at gunpoint and began searching for unknown items. A man and woman were home at the time, and when the man resisted, he was pistol-whipped and shocked with a stun gun, and the woman thrown to the ground and kicked after she tried to escape, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release at the time.

Evans was arrested Sept. 9, 2016, and charged with home invasion with injury, residential burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and aggravated battery with a mask or hoodie. The case was dismissed on Oct. 27, 2016.

Hughes also was charged Thursday on Lee County warrants, for failure to appear in court on charges of possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana, driving under the influence of drugs, and driving without insurance; as well as a Whiteside County warrant for failure to appear in court on a robbery charge.

This isn’t Hughes’ first brush with the law. He has felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, property damage, felon in possession of a weapon and aggravated battery in a public place. As part of a plea agreements, charges including possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, mob action, robbery, theft of up to $10,000 and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm were dismissed.

His next court appearance is at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 in Lee County.