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Former Hammond man gets four years for violating Illinois probation

Marquis K. Strader

Marquis K. Strader

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Updated: April 17, 2013 4:44PM



JOLIET, Ill. -- A former Hammond man convicted of burglarizing a house in 2011 has been sentenced to four years in prison after violating terms of his probation.

Marquis K. Strader, 22, also a former resident of Woodridge, Ill., was placed on five years probation after being found guilty of the Jan. 20, 2011, burglary of a home in Naperville.

Strader recently violated the terms of that probation by abusing narcotics, according to records on file in the Will County Circuit Court in Joliet. A judge on Thursday revoked Strader’s probation and sentenced him to prison.

Naperville police on March 24, 2011, arrested Strader and Melvin E. Meeky Jr. near the campus of Naperville Central High School.

A police spokesman in 2011 said officers were called earlier that morning to a house on Oak Bluff Court, where Meeky had broken open the front door, only to be confronted by a woman who lived there. Meeky then ran to a car being driven by Strader.

Strader and Meeky were arrested about eight minutes later.

Meeky, now 20, of Calumet City, Ill., was part of a team of three men and a juvenile who in 2010 broke into and looted four homes in Bolingbrook. Police said Meeky, formerly of Bolingbrook, pleaded guilty in 2011 to residential burglary in the Naperville incident and burglary in one of the Bolingbrook cases. He was sentenced to four years in prison.



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