Urbana teen on probation gets 5 years for battery

Urbana teen on probation gets 5 years for battery

URBANA — An Urbana teenager who was on probation for carjacking a woman at a parking deck on campus in August 2012 was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for aggravated battery.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd agreed to recommend Kamron Haley, 17, whose last known address was in the 2100 block of South Orchard Street, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

Haley pleaded guilty to aggravated battery for getting into a struggle with a loss-prevention employee at the Urbana Wal-Mart on Sept. 25.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said the employee had followed Haley out of the store after he saw Haley taking clothing without paying for it. When Haley refused to come back in, the employee used his cellphone to take photos of Haley's license plate number. Haley then struggled with the employee, grabbed his phone and threw it, damaging it, Bennett said.

He then took off in the vehicle, with a 2-year-old child with him.

Bennett said the vehicle was traced to Haley's girlfriend, who was the alleged victim in two other cases against Haley that were dismissed in return for his guilty plea. He had been charged with unlawful restraint and aggravated battery in those.

At the time of his arrest in September, Haley was serving a sentence of five years of probation he had received in December 2012 for taking a woman's car from her on Aug. 9, 2012, in the parking garage for the Beckman Institute at 1201 W. University Ave., U. He had pleaded guilty to that and to possession of a stolen vehicle for taking a car from a home in Champaign in April 2012.

Bennett said petitions to revoke his probation in those cases, in which he was prosecuted as a juvenile, remain unresolved.

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sweet caroline wrote on December 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I'm confused.  Was he already on 5 years' probation for the carjacking and assault in the parking garage, and now he has another 5 years' probation and boot camp for the new crimes?  Judge Ladd tries to give young offenders a second chance, but this time she is too lenient.  If the 2-year-old is his child, I hope DCFS will keep an eye on any of his interactions with him/her.

cretis16 wrote on December 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

Dont you just love the criminal justice system. ..they are so over the top on probation sentences. Robbery, assault...read the News-Gazette. ..amazing how many people get a simple probation sentence and then hit the streets for even more crime. This is another good example..thank you judge for letting this citizen loose on the carjacking.The trouble with the CU community is they just dont know when someone is " working them" ...i.e. ( I'm truly sorry and trying to change), toss in a couple of tears and maybe a shaking hand or rubbing the eyes...and POOF....free again!!