Urbana man sentenced to prison for role in carjacking

Urbana man sentenced to prison for role in carjacking

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted his role in a carjacking and robbery that happened in Urbana early this year has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd on Tuesday sentenced Herbert Shah, 21, who listed an address in the 700 block of East Illinois Street, for aggravated robbery. He was given credit for six months already served in the county jail.

Shah pleaded guilty in June to participating in a Jan. 12 crime in which two men were robbed of cash, a cellphone and a pickup truck about 3 a.m. in the 1600 block of Hunter Street in Urbana. The two men, ages 29 and 39, were also beaten.

Shah was the last of five co-defendants to be sentenced. William Ayres, 22, of the 2500 block of Prairie Green, Urbana, also pleaded guilty in June to aggravated robbery for an eight-year prison term. Three other men pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said the victims were approached as they sat in their truck and were ordered or dragged out of the truck at gunpoint and beaten and robbed by a group of men. One man was being hit on one side of the truck while the other was on the other side of the truck.

Clifton said police learned that a BB gun, not a real firearm, was used in the incident, accounting for the aggravated robbery charge.

After the men were arrested at an address on Hunter Street, police searched the residence and found two handguns that had been stolen in early September from the Rural King store in Champaign.

Clifton said Shah had prior adjudications as a juvenile for battery, aggravated possession of stolen firearms and theft, and an adult conviction for aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.

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