A 29-year-old man has pleaded guilty for his role in a violent home invasion robbery of a Wheeling, IL collector in 2014.
Kristopher Muzzall of Chicago was the last of three men who were charged in the case in which $150,000-$200,000 worth of vintage and modern sports cards was stolen from safe.
Cook County prosecutors say Muzzall pleaded guilty to home invasion with a firearm. He’ll need to complete at least 85 percent of his 12-year prison sentence before he’s eligible for parole, according to the Arlington Daily Herald.
The robbery occurred in August of 2014 when Muzzall and 22-year-old Martrell Robinson kicked open the victim’s front door, tied him up, assaulted him and held him at gunpoint as they tried to open the safe containing the memorabilia.
Prosecutors say Steven Chung, 29, of Des Plaines, knew of the collection and led the other two men to the home. After taking about 400 cards, cash, identification cards and the victim’s car once the safe was opened, the men drove off. Within days some of the items were being offered on eBay and to sports card shops in Indiana and Ohio.
Chung and Robinson were identified by shop owners as the men who tried to sell them cards.
After fleeing to Mexico, Chung was extradited to the U.S. sentenced to 18 years in prison earlier this year. Robinson pleaded guilty in June of 2015 and was given a nine-year sentence.