Champaign man gets 7 years for robbing downtown music store

Champaign man gets 7 years for robbing downtown music store

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted robbing a downtown Champaign business almost three months ago has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Nathaniel Curry, 26, whose last known address was in the 700 block of Bethume Court, pleaded guilty earlier this week to robbery. He admitted to Judge Heidi Ladd that on Sept. 21, he robbed an employee of Corson Music, 71 E. University Ave., C, shortly after the business had closed for the evening.

A police report said after the employee had locked the doors, he heard glass in the rear door break and was then approached by a man with a plastic grocery bag over his head who was wielding a long white tube.

The man, later identified as Curry, demanded cash and the employee handed it over. Curry was found nearby at the intersection of Park and First streets.

In exchange for Curry's guilty plea, the state dismissed a second charge of residential burglary against him alleging that earlier that same day, he stole a PlayStation from a home in the 1200 block of Carver Drive. That video-game system was found in a bag that Curry had when arrested for the robbery.

Court records show he had prior convictions for burglary, criminal trespass to motor vehicle and driving under suspension.

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