Man sentenced to 10 years for robbery

Man sentenced to 10 years for robbery

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted he held up a convenience store clerk in Urbana about a year ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Harry Clem sentenced Alex Jackson, 21, who also listed an Urbana address, for aggravated robbery on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty in October to robbing a clerk at the Circle K, 809 W. Green St., U, on Jan. 24, 2011, while indicating he had a gun.

Court records indicate Jackson has a prior conviction for aggravated robbery.

Co-defendant Emmanuel Poe, 21, of Chicago, pleaded guilty before Clem on Thursday to obstructing justice, admitting that he lied to an Urbana police detective investigating the robbery about having been out in his car that morning. Poe reportedly drove Jackson from the robbery, according to the charge to which he pleaded guilty.

Poe was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge and fined $200.

In other criminal cases resolved recently in Champaign County Circuit Court:

— Arson charges were dismissed against Sharon D. Moore, 31, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Linview Avenue, Urbana, after an eyewitness told a prosecutor he wasn't sure he could identify her as the person he saw running on Oct. 29 from a building in the 2000 block of North Lincoln Avenue in Urbana where someone tried to light a fire.

"We had no physical evidence. The only evidence we had was him telling us it was her running from the scene," said Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber.

— Gregory Jones, 18, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Elm Street, Urbana, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, admitting he pushed an Urbana police officer on Feb. 18.

Weber said Jones was in a large crowd of people outside the Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., about 10 p.m. that day, when police were called there to a report of shots fired.

Weber said Urbana police Officer Darrin McCartney and a sheriff's deputy told Jones repeatedly to leave the scene. When he failed to do so, McCartney took him by the arm and Jones responded by pushing McCartney in the chest while using profanity, Weber said.

Jones, who has an unresolved driving under the influence case pending, was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of public service for the Class 2 felony.

— Adareus Carr, 21, whose last known address was in the 2000 block of Moreland Boulevard, Champaign, was sentenced to two years of probation and 60 days in jail for unlawful possession of shotgun ammunition.

He admitted that on Oct. 13, he had shotgun shells in his home. He is not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition because of a prior conviction for aggravated unlawful use of weapons.

A separate charge of forgery, alleging that Carr possessed three counterfeit $20 bills, was dismissed. The state also agreed to unsuccessfully terminate the probation Carr was on in the aggravated unlawful use of weapons case.

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