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Woman sentenced to 9 years for Garden Prairie home invasion

WOODSTOCK – A woman whom prosecutors said arranged to have sex with a Garden Prairie man and then rob him pleaded guilty Wednesday to home invasion.

Brittany M. Rice, 24, of Rockford was sentenced to nine years in prison in a plea deal accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather. Additional charges of armed robbery and prostitution were dropped.

Rice and three Rockford-area men were charged in the incident. Her co-defendants, Joshua C. Johnson, 23, of Rockford; Justin B. Mitchell, 28, of Rockford; and Nimrod D. Hilliard, 27, of Belvidere, are awaiting trial on home invasion and armed robbery charges.

Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud said Rice arranged to have sex for money with a Garden Prairie man in the 25000 block of Dunham Road. She then texted her three co-defendants when there was an opportunity to commit the crime.

But the would-be victim saw the men coming and greeted them with a gun, authorities said at the time of the group’s arrest in March. The offenders then tried to run, but the victim pursued and gunfire was exchanged during the encounter.

Rice’s attorney was Henry Sugden, who was appointed as a special public defender.

Home invasion is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

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