Mahomet man sentenced to 13 years for robbery, burglary

Mahomet man sentenced to 13 years for robbery, burglary

URBANA — A Mahomet man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for two crimes he admitted committing this year.

Colton Fender, 21, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of East Timber, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in the violent robbery of a Savoy man in January and an additional three years for a burglary to a Mahomet home in July.

He pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated robbery, admitting that on Jan. 15 he took keys and cash from Ryan Martin while indicating that he had a weapon.

The 21-year-old Martin was in his home in the 1200 block of Wesley Avenue early that morning when three men forced their way into his apartment and began struggling with him. Fender displayed what turned out to be a BB gun, Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said.

The gun fired during the struggle and Martin was hit in the hand with a pellet. He sustained bruises over much of his upper torso and even a boot mark on his face as he tried to fight back. Martin said one man held him down while the other two punched and kicked him, then searched the apartment. They took his cellphone and about $2,000 in cash, which Martin had because he had just sold a car.

The two co-defendants, Jordan Fancher, 20, and Cody Fry, 20, both of Mahomet, have already pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and were sentenced by Difanis. Fancher, who was linked to drug sales in Mahomet for which charges were dropped in exchange for his plea, received six years in prison, while Fry was sentenced to six months in the county jail and four years of probation. His only prior conviction was for misdemeanor possession of cannabis.

Lozar dismissed charges of home invasion against all three men in exchange for their guilty pleas.

Fender also pleaded guilty to burglary, admitting that while he was out on bond in the case involving the robbery of Martin, he entered a garage in the 500 block of East Elk Street in Mahomet on July 5 or 6 and stole a garage door opener.

He was sentenced to three years for the burglary and ordered to make restitution totaling $985 to that homeowner and another in Mahomet. He was also ordered to repay Martin $670, representing a third of the money that was stolen from him.

Because Martin did not sustain great bodily harm within the meaning of the law, Fender and Fancher are eligible to receive day-for-day credit for good time on their prison sentences.

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