Jacksonville woman receives supervision for involvement in burglary

By Ryne Turke on October 18, 2016 at 1:05pm

A Jacksonville woman won’t serve additional jail time for her role in a Cass County burglary earlier this year.

Investigators say 40-year-old Sheila Beavers and 49-year-old Mark Neff broke into a home on Cox Lane near Route 78 in April.

Authorities claim Neff pulled a gun on the homeowner’s son during the attempted break in. Shortly after, Beavers and Neff left the home, drove away and headed to Havana.

Cass Count State’s Attorney Matt Mays believes Beavers had no knowledge of Neff’s robbery plans.

“He ran off and they got caught. She got in with him and then there was fleeing and eluding. He tried to get out of the vehicle and then when the police finally stopped them she told them everything. I ended up changing her charge to trespassing, because that is what she did. If it was burglary, she would have to go in with intent to steal. I just didn’t have any evidence she did that.”

Beavers entered a plea of guilty on Thursday to criminal trespass to land. She was given credit for the three days she served in jail and must pay $500 plus court costs in fines. Beavers was also placed on 24 months of supervision.

A pair of burglary charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Neff was sentenced earlier this month to a total of seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated fleeing and burglary.

Calls to the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office were not returned.