60-year sentence for Campustown murder (w/ video)

60-year sentence for Campustown murder (w/ video)

URBANA — A convicted murderer with a shooting conviction in his past will spend what amounts to the rest of his life in prison.

Judge Roger Webber on Thursday sentenced Robbie Patton to 60 years in prison for the shooting death of one man and nine years for the wounding of three others a year ago in Campustown. But he ruled that the sentences could run at the same time.

Patton will have to serve all 60 years but was given credit for about 15 months already served.

Patton, who recently turned 20, was convicted by a jury in late September of the first-degree murder of George Korchev, 22, of Mundelein.

He was also convicted of three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm for wounding Moses Lopez, Erik Lasaine and Robert Shepard.

Like Mr. Korchev, the wounded men were unintended targets who were walking along a path on the north side of a crowded parking lot in the 300 block of East Green Street, Champaign, into which Patton fired wildly on Sept. 25, 2016.

Evidence suggested that Patton was acting out of anger that his friend Edwin McCraney had been attacked by a group of men in that parking lot and kicked to unconsciousness. However, in a last-ditch attempt at a new trial Thursday, which was denied, Patton claimed he didn’t know McCraney and that had McCraney been called to testify, that would have been revealed.

McCraney, 23, is believed to have made a full recovery. Champaign police were unable to locate him when the state's attorney was preparing to prosecute the eight men identified as his attackers. Seven of them received prison sentences. The eighth is set to be sentenced next month. Neither could the public defender’s office locate McCraney as they prepared Patton’s defense in the murder case, said Assistant Public Defender Tony Allegretti.

To aggravate Patton's sentence, Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson presented evidence of Patton's involvement in another shooting that happened exactly two years ago.

Patton pleaded guilty in April 2016 to aggravated discharge of a firearm, admitting that on Dec. 14, 2015, he fired a gun in the direction of a person in the parking lot of the Steak 'n Shake, 2010 N. Prospect Ave., C.

It was his first conviction as an adult. He has a prior adjudication as a minor for aggravated fleeing and eluding. He was sentenced to eight years in prison under a plea agreement. Over the objection of the state's attorney, Judge Tom Difanis recommended the youthful offender for boot camp, which he received and successfully completed, serving a total of 259 days behind bars for the Steak 'n Shake shooting. No one was injured in that incident.

Larson also presented evidence linking Patton to an attack on another man that happened at the satellite jail in October. Patton and three other men were caught on surveillance video Oct. 24 ganging up on another inmate, hitting him repeatedly with closed fists and kicks to the body and head.

Larson recommended 115 years in prison - the maximum 85 for murder plus 30 for the aggravated batteries - for Patton, saying that Patton chose the lifestyle that brought him to court.

"He named himself (on Facebook) 'The Little Shooter.' He proudly posed with his gun with emojis on the gun as if it is a celebration of this type of life," Larson said, adding that Patton had dropped out of school and has never held a job.

“He didn’t choose anything but to pick up a gun,” Larson said.

Allegretti argued for a minimum sentence of 51 years — 45 years for the murder and six for the aggravated batteries.

"This was not some preplanned mass shooting. He was only 18 at the time," Allegretti said. "What does more than 51 years accomplish?"

Allegretti mentioned a letter Patton’s aunt wrote the judge, saying that the impact of Patton’s father’s death from heart problems when Patton was 14 caused him to “become removed from life.”

“Robbie is more than the worst thing he has ever done in his life,” Allegretti argued.

Patton declined to make any statement.

Webber called the similarities between Patton’s Steak ‘n Shake shooting of two years ago and the Campustown shootings last year “a little bit eery.”

“He is only 20 years old and a teen’s brain is not completely developed,” the judge said of Patton.

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GLG wrote on December 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

I hope he enjoys ever day in prison!   He earned!

Yea Right wrote on December 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Don't blame his fathers death on him becoming a straight up jobless thug! So many kids lose their fathers and they dont pick up guns and start shooting people because of it.  No, they move onward and upward to make their fathers proud! I'm so sick of hearing this excuse....well his daddy died, well his momma died, blah blah blah.  He chose this life with or without his daddy plain and simple.  Glad he wont see the light of day till the age of 89 +, that is a blessing for the whole community!

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on December 14, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Council woman Fourman...


where is your outrage ov er this death?


oh yeah.............


it was an out of town visitor...


they do not count.

JamBam wrote on December 14, 2017 at 10:12 pm

"Only 20 years old and a teen's brain is not fully developed"...please vote this liberal braindead judge out the next time he's up for re-election.

We have some of the finest men in the world, 18 year old men, protecting us in the armed services.  And you want to make excuses for this brainless thug, that his "brain's not fully developed"?

Judge Webber.  DO NOT RETAIN.



logout234 wrote on December 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

You do realize that Judge Webber still sentenced him to what amounts to the rest of Patton's natural life in prison, right? It is a scientific fact that the human brain does not finish fully developing until after the age of 18. Go do some googling, research, or read a book before you lambast a judge because he makes a factually accurate statement while still imposing an appropriate sentence.

Mr Dreamy wrote on December 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

The fact that a person’s brain doesn’t fully develop until 18 or so is exactly why we draft 18 year olds. They are malleable. Underdeveloped until fully developed by the military. 

jparks wrote on December 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Which one of our country's military soldiers with an "underdeveloped' brain do you volunteer to replace?

CallSaul wrote on December 16, 2017 at 11:12 am

See, your mistake is trying to talk with reactionary rightwing trolls about actual verifiable facts backed up by scientific consensus...

As is always and everywhere true, rightwing reactionaries are impervious to facts, ideologically opposed to science and offended by knowledge and learning.

They just want to yell ooga booga and get their hate fix of those people so they can feel better about the fact that the rightwing politicians they worship and dutifully vote for are robbing them blind to give the already obscenely wealthy yet more free money.

But they won't care that they're being robbed blind to further enrich the rich with more free money as long as they get their regular fixes of hatred that they can focus on minorities, liberals, uppity women, teh gheys, egghead scientists, so called 'elite' university types and so on...

They've been eagerly signing up to be grifted in this way for generations now...

...there's no reason to think that, any time soon, they'll tire of being spoon fed hatred with one hand while the other hand picks their pockets clean... 

Mef wrote on December 16, 2017 at 7:12 am

Champaign police were unable to locate him when the state's attorney was preparing to prosecute the eight men identified as his attackers. Seven of them received prison sentences. The eighth is set to be sentenced next month. Neither could the public defender’s office locate McCraney as they prepared Patton’s defense in the murder case, said Assistant Public Defender Tony Allegretti.

Did anyone proofread this story? How about writing it something like "Champaign police nor the public defender's office could locate McCraney..."

The way it was written makes no sense, splitting the sentence off to talk about the attackers, and then fragmenting a sentence to come back to not being able to find the person's location. Just reading that outloud you can hear that needed to be written differently.

In any event, I am glad that Champaign is better off today without this man able to shoot at anyone else. Kudos for getting the sentencing right.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on December 16, 2017 at 4:12 pm

So...... what your saying Jimmy is that Robbie... should have gotten probation a second time for this persons death or its Trumps fault.  Which is it.


What a surprise.. the "victim" of the beating is UTL.  Now that is a shock.   Think of that Robbie as you rot in prison.......... your home slices abandoned you.