A former Morton man will go to prison for four thefts, most of them from his parents.
Casey Rice, however, won’t begin his sentence until police find him.
Rice, 31, was free on bond and, for the second time in his case, did not appear at his sentence hearing Friday, in which he was given an eight-year term. He was last seen recently in Peoria, where he was treated for a drug overdose, a prosecutor said.
Rice, also formerly of Pekin, told a judge earlier this year that his drug addiction has driven his growing criminal history that includes a Pekin bank robbery in 2011, for which he served about half of a nine-year prison term.
He was released a few months before Christmas 2016, when he and his wife walked from an East Peoria tavern several blocks to a home the couple said they thought was that of Rice’s father.
Its resident, awoken by their entrance, took a handgun from his dresser and shot Rice in the shoulder when Rice ignored his order to lie down on a hallway floor and instead walked toward him. Rice and his wife were fined with their conviction for misdemeanor trespassing.
He also has served prison terms for aggravated battery and forgery.
Rice pleaded guilty last March to two felony charges of credit card theft and one each of theft and retail theft. His judge allowed him to remain free until his sentencing in May to continue an in-house drug treatment program that, if successfully completed, offered him a chance to avoid returning to prison.
Rice failed to appear for his sentencing. He was arrested in August, but posted a $3,000 bond for his release.