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2/16/2013 12:07:00 AM
Burglar gets 4 years after washing out of drug treatment


Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



OTTAWA — A former Berwyn woman who drove the getaway car in seven area burglaries in 2010 was kicked off probation and re-sentenced Friday to 4 years in prison.

Angelica Galan, 29, pleaded guilty in June 2011 to participating in seven burglaries in La Salle, Peru and Ottawa conducted shortly before Christmas 2010.

Businesses hit included Amici Ristorante in Peru, Fabric Care Center and Kotecki’s Service Station in La Salle and Superior Street Coin Laundry in Ottawa.

Galan narrowly avoided prison when she first was sentenced after persuading Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia that she had a drug problem. Raccuglia granted her 4 years probation with court-supervised drug treatment.

But Galan didn’t stick with the drug program aand her probation was revoked. At a sentencing hearing Friday, assistant La Salle County state’s attorney Nick Balestri said she was kicked out of the treatment program after less than a year and after she allegedly tampered with a required drug test.

Balestri asked for 5 years in prison, saying Galan was lucky to have received probation for seven burglaries the first time around.

“And what did she do with that wonderful opportunity?” Balestri said. “She failed to take advantage of it.”

When offered a chance to speak, Galan tearfully pleaded for a second chance.
“I just want to say I’m sorry, your honor, for not taking care of what I should have taken care of,” she said. “Hopefully, it’s not too late.”

Galan and defense attorney Patrick Campanelli also argued that she had kicked her self-admitted addictions to marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin outside of supervised treatment.

She also made positive life changes including volunteerism and severing all ties with the individuals from her drug days.

“I think we’re looking at a person who’s a lot different than she was three years ago,” Campanelli said.

But Raccuglia refused to give Galan another shot, “because you cannot be trusted. You are manipulative and you have proven that.”

“What was best for you,” the judge added, “was to do the right thing and follow our rules, not yours.”

With 154 days credit for time served, Galan could be released from the Department of Corrections in late 2014.

Police said Galan served as the getaway driver, and Alec Klocek, now 21, of Plainfield served as the lookout while Jack D. Carpenter, now 53, of Joliet raided the respective businesses.

Klocek remains on probation. Carpenter is completing a 10-year prison sentence and will be paroled in May 2016.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 223-3206 Ext. 130 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.












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