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11/1/2013 5:05:00 AM
Quickest plea in county history? Mansion burglar gets 3 years

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — A man who tried to burglarize the Hegeler Carus Mansion got 3 years in prison Thursday after what might be the fastest plea in La Salle County history.
Ronald J. Doll, 39, of 1411 Bluff St., Peru (also listed in Peoria) pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, a Class 4 felony carrying 1-3 years in prison. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed three felony financial charges unrelated to the Jan. 27 break-in.
When offered a chance to speak, Doll apologized to the people who run the historic mansion.
Thursday’s action concludes a head-spinning case begun last week when La Salle police announced they’d identified the suspect who broke out a mansion window using a patio stone — the stone struck and damaged an antique exercise machine — but aborted after setting off a burglar alarm and realizing it was a long drop from window to floor.
Doll entered a not-guilty plea at his Oct. 24 arraignment, during which Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia held off on setting new trial dates until Thursday, trying to give attorneys time to decide whether to seek separate trial dates or settle all Doll’s counts at once.
The new trial setting wasn’t necessary; Doll appeared Thursday ready to make a deal.
In all, just 10 days lapsed between Doll’s charge and his disposition — remarkably fast for a felony charge. By law, the right to speedy trial is within 120 days.
Assistant public defender Mike Olewsinski declined comment; but assistant state’s attorney Jeremiah Adams confirmed that negotiations were in the works well before the burglary charge was filed.
“We knew it was coming,” Adams said, “he knew it was coming.”
With about two months’ time served, plus day-for-day good time, Doll could be released from prison before Christmas 2014.

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