Second of four boys charged in attack near Illini Union admits role

Second of four boys charged in attack near Illini Union admits role

URBANA — Another of four teenage boys charged with an attack on a University of Illinois student near the Quad last month has pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery.

The 13-year-old faces penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison when Judge Tom Difanis sentences him March 13. In the meantime, Difanis ordered that he remain in detention.

The youth pleaded guilty to taking part in a Jan. 8 attack on a man who was walking between the Union and Altgeld Hall.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said four young men surrounded the victim and one spoke to him, distracting him, while another hit him in the head with a brick. He suffered a broken cheekbone.

The group planned to knock him out and take his wallet but abandoned that plan when the victim didn't lose consciousness after being hit with the brick. Instead, they ran to a nearby bus and left the area.

They were identified through surveillance video and by the description the victim gave of them and arrested hours later at a Champaign store.

The teen is represented by Assistant Public Defender Katie Jessup. In return for his plea to attempted armed robbery, Rietz agreed to dismiss a second count of aggravated battery.

Another of the juvenile attackers has already pleaded guilty and is also set to be sentenced March 13 by Difanis.

Charges against the other two are unresolved.

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