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Heather Staker Waukegan charged with aggravated robbery. | Special Sun-Times Media

Heather Staker of Waukegan charged with aggravated robbery. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 21, 2012 2:01PM

The troubled twin sister of murder victim Holly Staker pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and was accepted into drug court, her attorney Michael Nerheim confirmed this week.

Heather Staker, 31, of Waukegan, will serve 30 months probation and 18 months of periodic imprisonment as part of the plea deal for attempting to rob Tobacco Plus in the northern suburb while wielding a weapon She will also perform 100 hours of public service, according to court records.

Staker’s twin, Holly, was murdered at age 11 in 1992.

Juan Rivera was convicted by three separate juries for the murder but the state appellate court overturned his guilty verdict and freed him after Rivera spent 19 years in prison.

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