Jury finds man guilty of robbery

Jury finds man guilty of robbery

URBANA — A Kankakee man faces up to 30 years in prison when Judge Heidi Ladd sentences him on Oct. 4 for robbing a woman earlier this year in Urbana.

Following one hour and 40 minutes of deliberations Tuesday, a Champaign County jury found Joseph L. Hairston, 21, who listed an address in Kankakee, guilty of felony robbery.

According to Urbana police, Hairston mugged a 26-year-old Urbana woman as she walked in the 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue on April 30.

The woman was headed home when she heard somebody quickly approaching her from behind. The attacker grabbed her from behind, put an arm around her neck, put a hand over her mouth and dragged her behind a building.

After the man demanded that she give him cash, she gave him $11, which included a $2 bill.

Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said the woman received bruises and scrapes to her knees and a scratch to her neck.

After the victim give a description of the man to police, officers found Hairston on a bicycle in the 600 block of West Springfield Avenue. Hairston had $11 on him, including a $2 bill, police said.

Hairston told police he had arrived in town earlier to make a 9 a.m. court hearing on a pending theft case. He also told police he stole the bicycle he was riding from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 119 E. University Ave., C.

Because of prior convictions for two burglaries, retail theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, Hairston faces an extended prison term of between six and 30 years.

Hairston was defended by Assistant Public Defender Janie Miller-Jones.

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