Urbana man sentenced to 8 years in prison for attempted armed robbery

Urbana man sentenced to 8 years in prison for attempted armed robbery

URBANA— An Urbana man who was acquitted in March of the murder of his stepfather has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the attempted armed robbery of an Urbana store in September.

Last week, Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced Tyrone Franklin, 20, who listed an address in the 2400 block of East Oregon Street, after he pleaded guilty to one count of felony attempted armed robbery.

Franklin will receive credit for 77 days served.

As part of a plea agreement, charges of burglary and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon were dismissed.

According to an Urbana police report, two men entered the Family Dollar, 1110 S. Philo Road, at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6.

One man, whom police identified as Franklin, pointed a gun at the clerk and said, "Open up the register. Give me the money."

The second man had his shirt pulled up over his face.

The clerk responded, "Do we have to do it?" and then turned around and walked toward the back of the store. The clerk was not injured.

Other clerks in the store reported hearing banging noises as if someone was trying to open the cash register but was failing to do so.

The two men then left the store.

When police looked at the surveillance video of the attempted robbery, they identified the gunman as Franklin.

Franklin was later arrested as part of a countywide sweep targeting people who had outstanding warrants for their arrests.

Franklin had been acquitted in March of first-degree murder in the death of James Ellis inside a garage that had been turned into living quarters at a house in the 1900 block of Joanne Lane, Champaign, on Dec. 19, 2008.

Mr. Ellis, 34, had been married to Franklin's mother.

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