Urbana man gets 8 years in 2010 holdup try

Urbana man gets 8 years in 2010 holdup try

URBANA — An Urbana man who was present when his friend was shot and killed during a 2010 robbery attempt in Urbana has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Roger Brown, 23, whose last known address was in the 800 block of West Hill Street, pleaded guilty in October to attempted armed robbery and was sentenced last week by Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd.

The charge stemmed from an April 22, 2010, incident at an apartment in the Prairie Green complex in east Urbana that left Jerry J. Jackson, 21, of Champaign dead.

Jackson was identified as one of the men who forced his way into the apartment of Tony Warren, intending to rob Warren. Jackson was shot and killed by Warren, who was not charged for that.

At the time Brown was charged in 2010, prosecutors said his role was to call Warren to make sure he was home. He was to get a share of whatever money that Jackson and another man netted from robbing Warren.

In exchange for Brown's guilty plea to attempted armed robbery, other home invasion and residential burglary charges in that case were dismissed.

Also dismissed were two other felony cases — one from 2011 charging Brown with aggravated battery and another from earlier this year accusing him of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Brown was given credit on his prison sentence for about seven months already served.

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