Champaign man gets 4 years for weed-deal robbery, having stolen guns

Champaign man gets 4 years for weed-deal robbery, having stolen guns

URBANA — A Champaign man who pleaded guilty to ripping off a couple in a drug deal and having stolen guns has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Chace Hammond, 19, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of West Bradley Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to aggravated robbery and aggravated possession of stolen firearms in two different cases.

He was sentenced to four years in prison on each, to be served at the same time. Ladd agreed to recommend Hammond for drug treatment while he is imprisoned.

In the aggravated-robbery case, Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said on Jan. 20, a Mahomet woman and her boyfriend had arranged to sell cannabis to a person that they were to meet at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet.

They were in a parking lot when a man later identified as Hammond put an object to the window and said "Give me the weed or I'll shoot you." The couple did not know him, Banach said.

After the robber fled with the suspected cannabis, Banach said, the victims followed him in a car and got a license plate, which they reported to Champaign County sheriff's deputies. It turned out to be registered to Hammond, Banach said.

In a separate case, Banach said on Jan. 27, Hammond was found to be in possession of two pump shotguns that had been reported stolen about a week earlier from a home in Mansfield.

Banach said Hammond had no prior convictions.

In return for his guilty pleas, Banach agreed to dismiss another case in which Hammond was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly punching another inmate in the Champaign County Jail on Oct. 24.

Hammond was given credit on his sentence for 210 days already served.

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