Man gets eight years in prison for restaurant robbery

Man gets eight years in prison for restaurant robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted his role in the holdup of a fast food restaurant in Champaign late last year has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Larry D. Pettigrew, 24, whose last known address was in the 0-100 block of East Beardsley Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to aggravated robbery.

He admitted that on Dec. 28, he took part in the robbery of the Hardee's restaurant, 1806 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said two men entered the restaurant about 9:40 p.m. and brandished what appeared to be weapons and got the employees to give them money from a safe. After getting the cash, the men ran.

Clifton said Champaign police caught Pettigrew nearby with a bank bag from Hardee's. He also had a gun. In exchange for his plea to aggravated robbery, a more serious charge of armed robbery was dismissed.

Clifton said Pettigrew had previous convictions for domestic battery, aggravated battery, resisting a peace officer, and possession of cannabis.

Co-defendant Xavier Gary, 21, of Champaign, is due back in court Oct. 22. He was arrested about two weeks after the holdup.

Clifton said police never recovered a second weapon.

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