Champaign man convicted of holdup arrested in Indiana

Champaign man convicted of holdup arrested in Indiana

URBANA — A Champaign man on the lam for almost a year is back in custody and will be sent to prison shortly.

Edward L. Taylor, 36, was located by authorities recently in South Bend, Ind., and returned to the Champaign County Jail on Tuesday night.

In his absence, Taylor was convicted in August 2012 of the Jan. 20, 2012, armed robbery of a clerk at the Meijer Gas Station, 2201 N. Prospect Ave., C.

In late September, Judge Tom Difanis sentenced Taylor — who was still missing — to 30 years in prison. He then issued a warrant for Taylor's arrest.

Difanis had released Taylor on his own recognizance in July of last year when Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark asked for a continuance due to the unavailability of a police officer witness. Taylor had been in the county jail about six months at the time awaiting trial.

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