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Man pleads guilty in suburban home invasion and kidnapping of 5-year-old girl

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A second man has now pleaded guilty to a home invasion and kidnapping that terrorized a Carpentersville family last year.

Antonio E. Espino, 23, of the 300 block of Crimson Lane, Palatine, pleaded to :

  • 7 counts aggravated kidnapping
  • 6 counts home invasion
  • 3 counts aggravated vehicular hijacking
  • 2 counts armed robbery

Espino's codefendant in the case, Brian Norbut, 24, of Streamwood pleaded guilty last September in exchange for a prison sentence of 24 years and six months.

According to the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, Espino could face a maximum 30 years in prison when he's sentenced April 28.

On February 1, 2010, a family pulled into their garage following a shopping outing. Espino and Norbut followed the family home from a mall and confronted them inside the garage.

Prosecutors say the pair wore masks and hooded sweatshirts and were armed with a fake gun and baseball bat. Throughout the ordeal, they threatened to kill the family if they did not cooperate.

The pair gathered valuables from the house and took the father's wallet. They then forced him to give them the PIN number to his ATM card.

While one stayed in the home and guarded the family, the other grabbed a 5-year-old daughter and forced her into the family's vehicle so he could drive to the bank and withdraw money from the ATM.

Once they returned from the bank, everyone in the family was bound with duct tape and pushed into a closet.

A neighbor was able to help police in the investigation after she witnessed the pair loading the family's property into the get-away vehicle.

Investigators later learned the pair had committed similar crimes in Cook County, according to a Kane County press release. Both were sentenced to 18 years on the Cook County charges.

Prosecutors say they will ask for Espino's Kane sentence to run consecutively to his Cook County sentence.

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