Plea in robbery brings probation

Plea in robbery brings probation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted robbing a convenience store clerk earlier this year has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Christopher Wilson, 19, who listed an address in the 1600 block of West Bradley Avenue, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis on Monday to robbery, admitting that on Jan. 6, he took money from a clerk at the Circle K, 1101 N. Prospect Ave., C.

A more serious charge of armed robbery alleging he displayed a handgun was dismissed. Another charge alleging he had a gun that was defaced — the serial number was filed off — was also dismissed.

Wilson was also sentenced to 135 days in jail but given credit for time already served.

Court records show that Wilson had a driving under the influence conviction and a city ordinance violation for theft.

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billbtri5 wrote on May 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

if the gun held more thaqn 10 bullets would he have been charged with that ?


ElmerFudd wrote on May 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Can someone tell me why they would "plea deal" and ARMED robbery case down to 30 months of probation? And we wonder why violent criminals have no fear of laws in this state. Pathetic!

Skepticity wrote on May 22, 2013 at 12:05 am

Case after case of plea bargain justice resulting in armed criminals who have threatened others with deadly force in the commission of felonies being allowed to plea down to probationable offenses and be released among us.  I have seen this far too often. 

Why is this man who had a firearm in his possession, and who was willing to threaten to kill someone to achieve his goal of robbery, going to be allowed to walk the streets in our community?

There is no serious concern about consequences for armed criminals in Illinois, just concern about disarming law abiding citizens.  After all, trained law abiding citizens cannot be trusted to responsibly carry firearms, but criminals caught committing crimes with illegally possessed firearms can be released on probation and trusted not to carry other illegally possessed firearms. 

I am certain that the release of this man is reassuring to the clerk he robbed.  It certainly makes me feel safer, knowing he is on probation. 

sameeker wrote on May 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

Just think. If the guy would have had pot on him, he would have gotten hard prison time.

FRO wrote on May 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

Not to mention that the gun he had, was defaced, serial number filed off.  Illegal gun, no foid card.  That gun gad to be purchased illegally and most likely from "another criminal".  And of course, he won't be charged with any of that.