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Obit burglar gets 6 years

WOODSTOCK – A Johnsburg husband-and-wife team who used obituaries to target their burglary victims was sentenced this week to a combined 15 years in prison.

Jason K. Werner, 26, was the latest co-defendant to plead guilty to residential burglary and was sentenced Friday by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather. He was given six years in prison for his role in the crimes. His wife, Jacquelyn S. Buchholz, 25, on Monday was given nine years.

Assistant State’s Attorney Dave Johnston said Buccholz coordinated the burglaries by looking at obituaries and planning to steal from survivors while they were attending funeral services.

Werner’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, said the crimes were committed because of Werner’s drug addiction.

Last year, the pair picked up charges in Cook County for a residential burglary in Barrington. Johnston said the homeowner caught the two in action, and when fleeing, the couple dropped a cellphone.

They later were tied to a string of burglaries in McHenry County, he said.

Both their prison terms will be served concurrently with sentences from the Cook County charges.

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