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By Devin Rose
A 41-year-old man who burglarized a River Forest home during the annual Memorial Day Parade in 2008 was sentenced earlier this month to 26 years in prison, River Forest police said.
Brian Deblasio, formerly of Essex, Ill., was sentenced June 15 as a Class X offender because of his criminal record. He'll be held at the Illinois Department of Corrections.
On May 26, 2008, Deblasio forced his way into a home in the 900 block of Monroe Avenue, ransacked it and took a collection of valuables before fleeing in a taxi. His arrest in a Cicero motel only resulted in drug charges. Deblasio was arrested again in April 2009 and charged with residential burglary for the previous year's incident.
Deblasio had been arrested by River Forest police for a series of five residential burglaries in 1997, and was sentenced to 18 years for those crimes. He served a portion of that sentence before his most recent arrest.