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Aurora man convicted in North Aurora home invasion

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Aurora man will be sentenced this spring for his role in a North Aurora home invasion that left a couple terrorized and a dog dead, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Circuit Judge Karen Simpson on Tuesday convicted Quintin D. Mullen, 23, of home invasion, armed violence and armed robbery, all Class X felonies; two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony; two counts of aggravated unlawful restraint, a Class 3 felony; and one count of aggravated animal cruelty, a Class 4 felony.

Mullen had waived his right to a jury trial.

He faces a minimum sentence of 21 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to the release. He is expected in court at 1:30 p.m. April 23 for motions and sentencing.

Mullen remains in the Kane County Jail, where he has been since his arrest. Bond was revoked upon conviction, according to the release.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release that Mullen deserves to be in prison.

“Mr. Mullen took advantage of his friends for his own personal gain by threatening and inflicting violence them,” McMahon said.

On March 1, 2013, Mullen and an unidentified man entered a home in the 200 block of Laurel Drive in North Aurora.

The other man threatened to shoot the two residents if they didn’t remain seated on a sofa, and Mullen – whom the victims considered a friend – ran upstairs in search of a safe he knew contained money, according to the release.

While Mullen was upstairs, the gunman reportedly shot the residents’ pit bull terrier mix three times. The dog soon died.

The men left the house with the safe and cash, according to the release.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Christine Bayer and Alex Bederka prosecuted the case.

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