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Aurora man sentenced to 23 years for North Aurora home invasion

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:41 p.m. CDT

An Aurora man was sentenced Wednesday for 23 years in prison for his role in a North Aurora home invasion that left a couple terrorized and a dog dead.

Quintin D. Mullen, 23, was convicted in February 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, each a Class 3 felony; and one count of aggravated animal cruelty, a Class 4 felony.

Mullen had waived his right to a jury trial.

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 a press release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

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.

"A person who is so greedy that he would betray his friends for money when given the opportunity to do so, particularly as Mr. Mullen did, belongs in prison," Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release.

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