ST. CHARLES, Ill. (STMW) — A west suburban man will spend 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a World War II veteran during a home invasion four years ago.

Hector M. Mauricio, 25, of the 1100 block of Ridgeway Avenue in Aurora was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty last year to two counts of first-degree murder for the 2007 death of 83-year-old Roscoe Ebey of Aurora Township, a release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said.

At about 2 a.m. on May 29, 2007, Mauricio entered Ebey’s home and stabbed him multiple times. A short time later, a neighbor awoke to a noise and went to investigate.

The neighbor found Mauricio in the basement, reached through and pulled him out by the hair, and held him at bay until authorities arrived, the release said.

Richard Ebey, Roscoe Ebey’s son, said his father built the house in 1944 by himself after he returned home from serving in the Army in World War II and lived there for 62 years, the release said.

Following his death, the Kane County Sheriff’s office established the Roscoe Ebey Award to be given annually to a citizen or citizens who make a difference in their community.

Mauricio has been held in the Kane County Jail on $6 million bond. According to law, he must serve 100 percent of the sentence, and was given credit for more than four years served in the jail.

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