Teen sentenced to probation for Halloween bank incident

Teen sentenced to probation for Halloween bank incident

PAXTON — A second teenager has been sentenced to probation for entering a bank in Roberts on Halloween morning while disguised and pointing BB guns at people.

Ryan A. Redmon, 19, of Piper City, was sentenced to three years of probation on Feb. 4 by Ford County Judge Steve Pacey.

Redmon pleaded guilty in January to one count of attempted aggravated robbery, a Class 3 felony. In return for his plea, an unrelated charge of residential burglary was dismissed.

State's Attorney Matt Fitton said he asked for a five-year prison term.

Redmon's accomplice, Damon J. Lee, 18, also of Piper City, received a 30-month probation sentence on Dec. 18 after pleading guilty to the same charge.

The two teens entered the Vermilion Valley Bank in Roberts while wearing disguises, yelling and pointing BB guns. They never demanded or took any money while in the bank, and no injuries were reported. However, the document charging the two teens said they "performed a substantial step toward the commission" of a robbery through their actions.

Redmon also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $1,000 fine and $250 in attorney's fees, and complete psychological counseling and a cognitive thinking class.

Redmon had no prior felony convictions, Fitton said.

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rsp wrote on February 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm

A cognitive thinking class, I like that. I think they could use more community service work, to help keep them out of trouble. Instead of 100 hours they should have 5 a week every week of probation. Too many people fail probation without consequences. Too much free time. 

SaintClarence27 wrote on February 15, 2013 at 8:02 am

I'm astounded at how many people fail probation without any consequences whatsoever.

awilson wrote on February 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I agree with the fact they need more community service hours.  They'll only end up needing to do half of the hours they were assigned anyway.  50 hours is not near enough.