17-year-old pleads guilty in carjacking, sentenced to 6 years
URBANA — An Urbana teen who admitted taking part in a carjacking last spring has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Robert L. Brown, 17, who listed an address in the 500 block of South Dodson Drive, Urbana, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to vehicular hijacking in connection with a June 1 incident in which a 28-year-old man's car was taken from him at gunpoint while he was in the parking lot of the Phillips 66 gas station, 1511 E. Washington St., U.
Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said three teenage boys were involved. The cases against Dawyn Kennedy, 16, of Urbana, and Trevoy Fonville, 16, of Champaign are unresolved and set for court hearings in March. Because they were charged with a Class X felony involving a weapon, their cases were automatically transferred to adult court.
Brown was given credit on his prison sentence for 252 days already served. The more serious count of aggravated vehicular hijacking was dismissed in return for his plea.
The car was stopped in the 1000 block of Lierman Avenue by Urbana police about an hour after the carjacking. Brown and Kennedy were in it. Both got out and ran but were caught within moments.