Paul Maior

A Brookfield man who prosecutors say committed a dozen burglaries in Cook and DuPage counties in early 2013 will spend at least the next eight years in state prison after pleading guilty on Sept. 12 to one count of burglary in DuPage County court.

Paul Maior, 48, a resident of the 4600 block of DuBois Boulevard, entered his plea in front of Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, who sentenced him to 16 years. Maior will be required to serve at least 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

Cook and DuPage county police teamed up to track down Maior and another man, whom they suspected of a string of home burglaries in early 2013. On March 15 of that year, police observed Maior and an accomplice named Patrick J. McGuire, 48, of Lombard, burglarize a house in Glen Ellyn and arrested them.

McGuire pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary in April. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

“Mr. Maior and Mr. McGuire were responsible for a crime spree throughout Cook and DuPage counties that left dozens of homeowners fearful in their own homes,” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin in a press release. “Citizens have a right to feel safe in their home and I believe Judge Fawell’s sentence [on Sept. 12] sends the message that this type of brazen behavior will not be tolerated in DuPage County.”