URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted his role in a carjacking in Urbana last year has been sentenced to seven years in prison,
Trevoy Fonville, 17, whose last known address was in the 3100 block of West Daniel Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to vehicular hijacking, a Class 1 felony.
Fonville had been charged more than a year ago with the more serious offense of aggravated vehicular hijacking in connection with a June 1, 2012, incident in which he and two other teens took a man's car at gunpoint from the parking lot of the Phillips 66 gas station at 1511 E. Washington St., U.
Fonville, who was 16 at the time of his arrest, had been charged as an adult. He has since turned 17 and agreed to proceed as an adult with his case in return for a plea to the less serious felony offense of vehicular hijacking, which carried the possibility of probation. Conviction on the more serious charge would have meant a prison sentence of between 21 and 45 years because a gun was used.
The driver of the car was not physically hurt. Urbana police found the car about an hour after the 10:30 p.m. carjacking. Co-defendants Robert Brown and Dawyn Kennedy, both of Urbana, were found in the car. Both of them earlier pleaded guilty to vehicular hijacking. Brown was sentenced to six years in prison and Kennedy to five years.
Fonville had a prior juvenile adjudication for aggravated battery.
He was given credit on his prison sentence for 13 months already served.