Teen admits role in cellphone theft

URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted her role in taking a Champaign man's new cellphone was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation.

Breiera Dobyne, 18, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Burnetta Drive, was allowed to plead guilty as a juvenile to a petition charging her with misdemeanor theft.

She admitted that on Feb. 12, she stole a cellphone from a 20-year-old Champaign man who was on a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus at the Illinois Terminal.

In exchange for her admission, an adult charge of robbery was dismissed.

Dobyne was charged as an adult in April but was allowed to enter a plea as a juvenile because she was 17 at the time of the offense.

She was also ordered to make restitution of $375 to the victim. Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said she had no prior criminal convictions.

Larson said the man was on a bus with a brand new cellphone still in the box when a co-defendant of Dobyne's reportedly announced he was going to get a new phone, then knocked it from the man's hand and hit the man in the head. The case of that teen, Kody Labrecque, 17, of Champaign, has not been resolved. He is due back in court July 12.

Larson said Dobyne was seen on the bus video blocking the victim as he tried to retrieve the phone, then walking off with Labrecque.

Another co-defendant, Mackenzie Griffin, 18, of the 2700 block of Myra Ridge, Urbana, pleaded guilty to robbery in April and was sentenced to a year of probation, five days in the county jail and 50 hours of public service.

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