Jury finds Champaign man guilty of two counts of armed robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man faces between six and 120 years in prison when he is sentenced this summer for two armed robberies.

Following about five hours of deliberation, a jury on Thursday found Ronald Wilkerson, 44, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Honeysuckle Lane, Champaign, guilty of two counts of armed robbery.

Wilkerson was found guilty in connection with the May 8, 2012, holdup of the Central Illinois Credit Union, 2106 W. John St., C, and the May 21, 2012, holdup of the Marine Bank, 1001 S. Neil St., C.

The case was prosecuted by Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar. Wiklerson was defended by attorney Alfred Ivy.

Judge Tom Difanis is scheduled to sentence Wilkerson on July 2.

Two co-defendants, Prentice Taylor, 57, and William Terry Jackson, 35, are being prosecuted in federal court.

All three men were arrested May 21, 2012, and have been in custody since.

Taylor was not charged with the Marine Bank robbery but was charged in federal court with the March 24, 2012, armed robbery of the McDonald's at 501 N. Mattis Ave., C; the April 16, 2012, armed robbery of the Mobil Super Pantry, 1511 N. Prospect Ave., C; and the May 8, 2012, armed robbery of the Central Illinois Credit Union.

Jackson is charged with the holdups of the Mobil Super Pantry, Central Illinois Credit Union and Marine Bank.

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