Man sentenced to drug court in bank robbery case

URBANA — A St. Joseph man who admitted robbing a bank last summer to pay his drug dealer has been sentenced to drug court.

Judge Harry Clem on Tuesday sentenced Kaleb Shields, 27, to four years of probation under drug court for aggravated robbery.

Shields pleaded guilty in February to that charge, admitting that on July 31, about 11:40 a.m., he robbed a teller at the Central Illinois Bank, 302 W. Springfield Ave., C.

A fake beard taped to his face, Shields handed the woman a note demanding money. He acted as if he had a gun, although no employee ever saw one, police said.

The teller put cash in a gym bag that Shields handed her and then left in a car. Within minutes, police found the car running in the driveway in a home in the 200 block of East Hill Street and found Shields in the backyard. The money stolen from the bank was recovered. Shields told police he needed to pay a cannabis debt.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark sought an eight-year prison sentence for Shields, while his attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign, sought the drug court probation.

Clark said Shields had no prior convictions.

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