18-year-old gets 6 years in store robbery

18-year-old gets 6 years in store robbery

URBANA — An 18-year-old Urbana man who admitted taking part in the holdup of an Urbana convenience store was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.

Champaign County judge Tom Difanis agreed to recommend Kaleb Smith for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

Smith, who listed an address in the 1900 block of East Florida Avenue, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, admitting that he indicated that he was armed with a gun when he took cigarettes, cigars and cash from a clerk at the Circle K, 1821 Philo Road, U, on Oct. 8.

In exchange for his guilty plea, a more serious charge of armed robbery was dismissed.

Court records show Smith had a juvenile adjudication for retail theft.

Smith's co-defendant and half-brother, Denashio Tester, 16, also of Urbana, is serving a 20-year prison sentence that he received in January from Difanis for an armed robbery that happened the next day at the Check 'n' Go, 1815 Philo Road, U.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber dismissed an armed robbery charge against Tester for the Circle K holdup in light of his sentence for the Check 'n' Go holdup. However, she presented evidence linking Tester to the convenience store armed robbery for Difanis to consider when he sentenced him.

Tester had a lengthy juvenile record and was prosecuted as an adult.

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Skepticity wrote on July 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

With the bootcamp recommendation he will be on the street on parole in 6 months, unless he messes up the boot camp with significant problems. 

 

Why do we keep putting armed robbers back on the street?  Doesn't the fact that he threatened someone's life with a gun count for anything?