Armed theft of iPad outside coffee shop nets probation

Armed theft of iPad outside coffee shop nets probation

URBANA — A man who robbed a 48-year-old Champaign man of his iPad outside a campus coffee shop in 2010 has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Dennis H. Boston IV, 20, who listed an address in the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue, Urbana, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to theft.

As part of a plea agreement, two other charges of armed robbery armed with a firearm and aggravated robbery were dismissed.

Judge Harry Clem sentenced Boston to 18 months of probation and nine days in jail, with credit for the nine days he has already served in jail.

Boston is also required to complete 30 hours of community service.

The judge allowed a motion by Boston’s attorney, Myron Goldstin, for Boston to leave the state to attend college in Missouri.

Boston admitted taking an iPad from a 48-year-old Champaign man outside the Espresso Royale, 602 E. Daniel St., C., on Oct. 10, 2011.

Assistant States Attorney Dan Clifton said UI police had video from security cameras that showed two men approaching the victim as he sat at a table and one grabbing his iPad.

When the victim reacted, one of them showed him a gun.

Clifton said the video showed the robber going into an apartment at 510 E. Daniel St., the same building that Boston listed as his address.

Police also recovered the iPad from a man who said he bought it from Boston.

Police recovered the iPad within a few hours after the video came out because the person who bought the iPad contacted police and said, “I think I just bought the stolen iPad.”

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Homeboy wrote on April 27, 2013 at 1:04 am

Armed robbery with gun gets probation?  Have a chance to convict a criminal doing a crime with a gun but not important I guess they just want to take guns from legal gun owners?

wilderbssmstr wrote on April 27, 2013 at 7:04 am

What a bunch of balogna!!  A guy uses a gun to threaten to shoot someone to steal their stuff on one of the biggest college campuses in the country and with all the gun control talk, and all the mass shootings, and all the ad naseum, he gets a slap on the wrist.  People get more jail time for weed!

People who are bothering/harming no one and are not even harming themselves (with weed) go to jail, all the while this guy is allowed to use a gun on a college campus to rob someone in broad daylight and gets a slap on the wrist.

What kind of bass ackwards thinking is this?

No wonder so many people think Illinois sucks.  No wonder Champaign county sucks.  This is another prime example of the judicial system letting us down.  But don't worry, next time there is a shooting/robbery/etc in this town - which happens all too much for a town this size - I'm sure the judges will redeem themselves. I almost couldn't type that last line I was laughing so hard.

Attaining a gun legally will continue to get harder to do.  But don't worry thugs, I'm sure your guns will still be just as easy to obtain illegally.  And now you thugs can be confident that you can go around in the middle of the day and threaten to shoot whoever you want, where ever you want (provided you're in Illinois), so you can take whatever you want from them.  And if you are unlucky and get caught, you "may" get a year and a half of probation.


fortherecord wrote on April 27, 2013 at 8:04 am

This is extremely disturbing. I would love to hear more on how this decision was made. 

JimmyB wrote on April 27, 2013 at 8:04 am

You have got to be kidding me?




It is time that we start holding these judges and attorneys responsible for their actions.

They are letting criminals walk the street to commit more crimes.

Homeboy wrote on April 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

We don't have a gun law problem, we have a judicial problem

Homeboy wrote on April 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

We don't have a gun law problem, we have a judicial problem