Man found cooking, not guilty of burglarizing restaurant
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — A suburban Chicago man who was allegedly found inside a restaurant cooking himself a meal has been found not guilty of burglary.
Cook County Circuit Judge Kay Hanlon handed down the verdict on Monday, saying 21-year-old Hachem Gomez did not appear to comprehend his actions. The judge also said she did not believe prosecutors proved Gomez's intent in the matter.
Gomez was accused of climbing through the drive-up window of a fast food restaurant on September 2011 and making himself some chicken tenders and French fries.
Mount Prospect police say Gomez squeezed past a metal gate to get into Mr. Beef and Pizza in Mount Prospect.
Gomez is cared for by an older sister, Ivon Gomez. He could have been sentenced to seven years in prison if convicted of burglary.
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