Crime & Courts

DeKalb man pleads guilty to sex assault, burglary

Cross-Boler will face 18 to 180 years in prison at July sentencing

Andre Cross-Boler appears in Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert's courtroom at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore in January 2018.

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man slated to go to trial next week has pleaded guilty to burglarizing multiple homes and raping a woman in the process.

Andre Cross-Boler, 29, of the 800 block of West Taylor Street, pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 counts – seven for aggravated criminal sex assault, two for home invasion and the last for residential burglary, Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein said. He could face 18 to 180 years in prison when he is sentenced July 25 by Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert.

Cross-Boler will not be eligible for probation, so we will serve about 10 years in prison at a minimum because Truth in Sentencing requires he serve 85 percent of his sentence for the sex assault charge and residential burglary charges, Klein said.

Cross-Boler was arrested in May 2015 in connection with a string of burglaries reported that month, as well as a home invasion in the 700 block of Haish Boulevard, where a woman told police a man broke into her home and sexually assaulted her while armed with a knife.

Cross-Boler’s lawyer, Robert Carlson, had a motion shot down to keep his interview with police out of trial because he’d not been properly read his Miranda rights. Carlson is Cross-Boler’s third lawyer –he fired his previous two.