A Carbondale man pleaded guilty to a home invasion charge in December, and was formally sentenced in Jackson County Court on Wednesday, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr on Thursday.
Shahere Lark, 20, was sentenced to eight years in prison for the charge of home invasion, a Class X felony.
Carr said on July 9, officers from the Carbondale Police Department responded to a report of a home invasion at an apartment on East College Street. The victim reported he was asleep in his living room when he awoke to see a black male standing in his doorway.
The victim began yelling at the suspect to leave when another man came down the stairs, holding a handgun and pointing it at the victim. The second man demanded the victim’s wallet. The two men then ran from the residence after taking $20 from the wallet. Carr said the handgun was later determined to be a BB gun.
Carr said an officer on scene recalled seeing two men running in the area about the same time of the incident. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and deployed a K-9 to track the suspects. The canine led police to a van parked a few blocks away occupied by two men fitting the description provided by the victim.
The men were identified as Lark and a juvenile. A BB gun was also found in the van. They were taken into custody where the victim positively identified Lark. Lark later admitted to the crime, according to Carr.