Urbana 17-year-old faces more charges

URBANA — An Urbana teen already in juvenile prison for his role in an attempted robbery last January has had rape and robbery charges filed against him in connection with a separate crime that happened a day before the attempted robbery.

Darren Gillespie, 17, whose last known address was in the 1400 block of Ivanhoe Way, is scheduled to be returned from prison to Champaign County on Dec. 1 to be arraigned on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of robbery stemming from a Jan. 11 incident that occurred in a vacant apartment on Lierman Avenue in Urbana.

Gillespie was one of four teens implicated in robbing a drug dealer of his cell phone, then using the phone numbers for the dealer's customers to lure them to a location to be robbed.

At the time of the crime, Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said a 21-year-old Urbana woman went to the apartment on Jan. 11 thinking she was meeting her dealer to buy prescription medication.

When she arrived about 12:30 p.m., three teens robbed her of cash. Two left after the robbery and one remained in the apartment, where he sexually assaulted her, Morgan said.

She sought treatment at a hospital right after the attack and DNA taken from her was sent to the state crime lab, which recently informed Urbana police that it matched Gillespie, leading to the new felony charges that were filed Thursday.

Gillespie was already in prison for attempted robbery, having admitted in juvenile court in May that he tried to rob police officers who were posing as drug buyers on Jan. 12. He was sentenced to 15 years.

Sergeants Dan Morgan and Sylvia Morgan — no relation — went undercover to the Lierman apartment that day after having made contact with the people who had the drug dealer's stolen cell phone. When they arrived, there were four teens there, including Gillespie, apparently waiting to rob them of cash. All four were arrested.

One of the other three was adjudicated a delinquent for robbery and sentenced to seven years in juvenile prison. The other two are serving five-year sentences for attempted robbery.

If convicted as an adult of the rape charges, Gillespie faces six to 30 years in prison.

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areader wrote on November 05, 2011 at 5:11 am

This individual needs JAIL TIME!!!!!!!