Man pleads guilty to attempted robbery, sentenced to probation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted trying to rob a fast food restaurant employee was sentenced Monday to 30 months of probation.

Antonio M. Gibson, 40, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Sheffield Road, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted robbery for trying to rob an employee of the Hardee's, 1806 W. Bradley Ave., C, on Jan. 19.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Gibson entered the restaurant about 5:15 a.m. that day and placed an order. When the employee turned her back to put in the order, Gibson pulled a gun and told her to "give it to me."

The clerk then walked in the back to get his food and he left the restaurant without getting any money.

Lozar said the clerk was the only person who could identify Gibson as the person with the gun and she did not get in contact with his office before Monday's scheduled trial, despite having been served with a subpoena to testify.

Because of that, Lozar said he negotiated a plea to the less serious offense with Gibson's attorney, Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Propps.

Lozar said he believed Gibson had a BB gun.

"We never did find a real gun. He never got anything, never hurt anyone or never fired (in the restaurant)," he said.

Gibson had prior convictions for theft, criminal trespass, and failure to return from furlough.

Gibson was also sentenced to 93 days in the county jail but given credit for time served.

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