Woman sentenced to 8 years for role in Savoy robbery

Woman sentenced to 8 years for role in Savoy robbery

URBANA — An employee of a Savoy fast food restaurant who admitted her role in a holdup there last month has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Natasha Duvall, 19, of the 1600 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, asked Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to recommend her for a prison where she can get drug treatment.

Duvall pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of armed robbery, admitting that on July 3 she took part in the holdup of two employees at the Sonic Drive-In, 101 Calvin St.

Her boyfriend, Sherman Bragg, 19; Devin McClendon, 18; and Tawan Williamson, 17, all of Champaign, are all also alleged to have taken part in the planning and execution of the robbery, which occurred about 12:30 a.m.

Duvall was in the restaurant when a man came to the door after it had closed. When the employee opened it partially to tell him the business was closed, he forced his way in, put a gun to the employee's head, and handed the manager a bag that he wanted filled with cash.

Duvall filled the bag with cash. After getting several hundred dollars, the gunman fled.

In exchange for Duvall's plea, another charge of obstructing justice was dismissed. Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said Duvall had no prior criminal record.

The cases of the other three men are unresolved.

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