Crime & Courts

3 accept plea deals tied to April Woodstock home invasion

A Woodstock woman on Monday was the third person to plead guilty in connection with an April home invasion that sent one person to the hospital.

Andrea Varnado was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge after accepting an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors reduced a Class X felony home invasion charge to a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a residence. Varnado will receive credit for time she has already spent in the McHenry County Jail.

Varnado was one of four people charged in connection with the April 7 home invasion in the area of the 1900 block of Sheila Street. She and three others – Woodstock resident Donley M. Carey, and Wisconsin men Jimmy D. Carey, and Roger L. Gardner Jr. – were accused of entering the home with plans to fight the victims, police said. Officers arrested her on a warrant April 9 at her Woodstock home.

Gardner and Jimmy and Donley Carey fled McHenry County after the home invasion, and were picked up days later in the Racine, Wisconsin, area.

Donley Carey and Gardner each pleaded guilty in June to felony counts of criminal trespass to a residence, and the men were sentenced to one year of conditional discharge.

Jimmy Carey’s case is ongoing.

Officers believe that Varnado, Jimmy Carey, Donley Carey and Gardner had been arguing with the victims before the home invasion.

Once they arrived at the house, Gardner allegedly threatened to shoot a man in the home, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court. Both Jimmy and Donley Carey were accused of punching and kicking the three alleged victims multiple times.

The brawl sent one person to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said at the time.

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