Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis announced that Zachary R. Barthel (dob:12/14/88, 522 Treasure Drive) of Oswego, Illinois was sentenced to twenty-three (23) years in prison for the offense of Home Invasion and a concurrent ten-year sentence for the offense of Residential Burglary after a sentencing hearing earlier this month. Barthel was previously convicted of both Home Invasion and Residential Burglary after a four-day jury trial before Judge Timothy McCann back in June of this year. Barthel was the last of four suspects convicted for these crimes. Two of the suspects agreed to testify at Barthel’s trial and received agreed prison sentences. The remaining suspect was convicted and sentenced to prison earlier this year.
Charges were filed against Barthel and three other suspects after they conspired to force entry into a home in Bristol, Illinois back in 2015 in an attempt to steal a safe, which they believed contained a large amount of money and possible drugs. The home invasion occurred at approximately three o’clock in the afternoon with two of the suspects forced entry into the home with their faces covered, gloves on, hooded sweatshirts/jackets, and loaded handguns. Barthel, who stayed in the get-away vehicle, directed the other suspects to the home and gave them a diagram of the interior rooms. The lone resident in the home fled from the home after the armed suspects had entered the home. Alert neighbors called 9-1-1, maintained visual surveillance of the offenders, and assisted responding police officers. One of the armed suspects actually pointed a loaded handgun at a neighbor teen who was on the phone with a 9-1-1 operator at the time. Police subsequently apprehended all four suspects, including Barthel. Barthel and the three other suspects were each charged with Home Invasion and Residential Burglary.
State’s Attorney Eric Weis commended the coordinated efforts of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, the Kendall County Cooperative Police Assistance Team (CPAT), the Yorkville Police Department and the Montgomery Police Department in bringing Barthel and the other three suspects to justice. Barthel will have to serve three years of Mandatory Supervised Release (parole) after serving his 23-year prison sentence. Weis noted that Barthel had limited criminal history prior to committing these offenses. Under Illinois law, the minimum sentence for the Home Invasion charge was 21 years in prison. Assistant State’s Attorneys Robert Dore and Ryan Phelps prosecuted this case. Attorney Andrew Nickel represented Barthel.