Rantoul woman sentenced to prison for video store holdup

Rantoul woman sentenced to prison for video store holdup

URBANA — A Rantoul woman who admitted she robbed a store in that village while on a crack cocaine binge was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.

Sarah Evans, 43, whose last known address was in the 100 block of East Campbell Avenue, pleaded guilty in December to armed robbery, admitting that on Oct. 7, she threatened a clerk at the Family Video, 301 E. Champaign Ave., with a tire iron before making off with about $400.

Assistant State’s Attorney Lindsey Clark said Evans was caught nearby in a short amount of time and still had the tire iron and the money.

Arguing for a 10-year sentence, Clark said Evans had been using drugs since 1986 and had been given previous opportunities to deal with her addiction. Clark noted that Evans continued to use drugs after having her children taken away. She said Evans had a 1996 conviction for robbery.

“People shouldn’t be victimized because she can’t control her drug use,” Clark said.

Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum argued for the minimum six years, saying her client was “desperate” for money for cocaine and that drugs have been a “major life problem” for her.

Evans told Judge Harry Clem she was a “broken woman” in need of drug treatment who had several crime-free years prior to her latest conviction.

Clem agreed to recommend Evans for drug treatment while in prison.

She was given credit on her sentence for 102 days served.

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