15-year-old pleads guilty to Urbana armed robbery

URBANA — An Urbana teen-ager who admitted robbing a clerk at an Urbana business in October faces 20 years in prison when he's sentenced in January.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber agreed not to seek more than that for Denashio Tester, 15, whose last known address was in the 2000 block of Fletcher Street, after he pleaded guilty to the Oct. 9 armed robbery of the Check 'n' Go, 1815 Philo Road.

Tester was charged as an adult for that holdup as well as a second armed robbery that occurred Oct. 8 at the Circle K, 1821 Philo Road. Weber agreed to dismiss the Circle K armed robbery when Tester is sentenced Jan. 30 by Judge Tom Difanis.

Weber said about 1:40 p.m. on Oct. 9, Tester entered the Check 'n' Go with his aunt and that after she had completed her business, he pulled a gun out. With gloves on his hands, he reached across the counter, grabbed $1,100 from the cash register and ran.

Weber said one of Tester's relatives later identified him from surveillance video. Tester was arrested two days after the Check 'n' Go holdup.

A second teen, Kaleb Smith, 18, of Urbana, is charged with the armed robbery of the Circle K. His case is unresolved.

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read the DI wrote on December 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Good thing that kid had a gun. Those Urbana streets can be hell at night!

illini_trucker wrote on December 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I know, right?? Because gun control laws kept that gun out of the kids hands!!

read the DI wrote on December 19, 2012 at 7:12 am

Exactly! Since there are no gun control laws, everybody pack it up!