19-year-old pleads guilty in attempted armed robbery

19-year-old pleads guilty in attempted armed robbery

URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted taking part in the attempted robbery of an Urbana man last summer has been sentenced to four years of probation.

Gabriel "Gabe" Chaney, 19, who listed an address in the 200 block of Hessel Boulevard, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to a single count of attempted armed robbery for trying to take cash and cannabis from Curtis Mosley, 29, on June 12, outside the Urbana car detailing business where Mr. Mosley was working.

Chaney's co-defendant, Ardis Fenn, 24, of the 700 block of East Main Street, Urbana, was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 30 years he could have received for aggravated battery with a firearm for shooting Mr. Mosley during that robbery attempt.

A jury convicted Fenn of that in February. Testimony at his trial was that Chaney was with Fenn when the two approached Mr. Mosley outside the business on East Main Street and made demands of him to give up what he had. When Mr. Mosley didn't do so, Fenn then shot Mr. Mosley in the leg and buttocks as he ran away. Police later found cannabis near where Mr. Mosley had been in a nearby parking lot as well as cash on him.

Fenn and Chaney were seen leaving the area in a car.

After Fenn's jury trial on the June shooting charge started last month, Mr. Mosley was fatally shot on Feb. 4 in his Urbana apartment, allegedly by Fenn.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said murder charges would be filed later against Fenn when all the evidence has been examined by the Illinois State Crime lab.

In return for Chaney's guilty plea, more serious charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and armed robbery were dismissed.

Chaney was also sentenced to 289 days in the county jail but given credit for time served.

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cretis16 wrote on March 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm


Gabriel "Gabe" Chaney, 19,pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County

"Judge Harry Clem to a single count of attempted armed robbery"

Is this a typo," 4 years probation"?



awilson wrote on March 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Nope.  You read that correctly.  It's a shame.  He participated in an attmpted armed robbery where a man was actually shot.  He should be charged the same as the actual shooter and face similar consequences.  Instead, we get to continue to deal with him until he escalates even more.  It's a mess over there in Urbana and it won't get any better until we make a stand and vote these idiots out of their jobs and put people that actually want to hold criminals accountable for their actions into those jobs.