An Illinois man was found guilty of stealing a television remote from an apartment complex common area and now he must serve at least half of a 22-year prison sentence.
Eric Bramwell in August 2015 took the universal remote from a Wheaton apartment building but dropped a glove before he left the complex, the Chicago Tribune reported. A DNA sample taken from the glove matched Bramwell’s DNA logged in the state’s convicted felon database.
The 35-year-old was found guilty of the theft in November and earlier this week was sentenced to 22 years in jail. He must serve at least half of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Because of his criminal history, the man was eligible for 30 years in prison. Bramwell allegedly committed a series of similar remote and television thefts in other apartment complexes nearby, including several buildings in Lisle, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Downers Grove and Oakbrook Terrace, prosecutors said.
“Mr. Bramwell’s illegal activity and his history have finally caught up with him,” state attorney Robert Berlin told the Tribune. “Regardless of what was stolen, Mr. Bramwell repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law. He took what he wanted, time and time again, and expected to avoid the consequences.
“That’s not how it works, as Mr. Bramwell has now found out.”
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