17-year-old sent to prison in carjacking

17-year-old sent to prison in carjacking

URBANA — An Urbana teenager who admitted taking part in the theft of an Urbana man's car has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Dawyn Kennedy, 17, whose last known address was in the 2700 block of East Illinois Street, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession of a stolen vehicle.

In return, Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach agreed to dismiss a more serious charge of aggravated vehicular hijacking.

The crime occurred on June 1 in the parking lot of the Phillips 66 gas station, 1511 E. Washington St., U.

An Urbana police report said Kennedy and two others threatened a 28-year-old man at gunpoint, ordering him from his car, which they then entered and took off. The car was found by Urbana police about an hour later with Kennedy and co-defendant Robert Brown, 18, inside. Brown, also of Urbana, earlier pleaded guilty to vehicular hijacking and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Banach agreed to dismiss the more serious aggravated vehicular hijacking charge against Kennedy, who was charged as an adult.

The case against Trevoy Fonville, 17, of Urbana, is unresolved.

Banach said Kennedy had no other adult convictions, but was adjudicated a delinquent minor in 2010 for aggravated battery and sentenced to juvenile prison.

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cretis16 wrote on March 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

Let's see..that's 5 years for carjacking, and 7 years for murder? Must be the new math.