Rantoul man gets 8 years in attempted holdup of man in car

Rantoul man gets 8 years in attempted holdup of man in car

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted taking part in the attempted holdup of a man in his car a year ago in Champaign was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.

Daveon Hart, 22, of the 600 block of Autumn Fields pleaded guilty in April to attempted aggravated robbery for a holdup try that happened on May 7, 2017.

Assistant State's Attorney Tim Sullivan said on that day, a man had parked his car near Third and Hill streets when two men approached. One told him to roll down the car's window while the other jumped in the back seat.

The victim said both of them had what he believed to be guns and ordered him to hand over everything he had.

Panicked, the victim drove away fast, but as he did, he hit a utility pole and lost track of his assailants, who did not get any of his property.

Police found a cap gun near the intersection of Second and Hill streets, in the path that the vehicle traveled.

They also found a cigarette butt in the man's car, which was analyzed for DNA, resulting in it being matched to Hart. Police also lifted a latent fingerprint from the rear driver's-side window that matched Hart. He was charged in late August 2017.

Sullivan asked for the eight-year prison term while Hart's attorney, Public Defender Janie Miller-Jones, sought a sentence of probation, noting her client's youth.

In delivering her sentence, Ladd noted that Hart had not succeeded in previous sentences to probation. She said the victim must have been terrified to drive off and then crash into a pole.

Court records show Hart had prior adjudications as a juvenile for burglary and resisting a peace officer. As an adult, he had convictions for burglary and aggravated battery and was on parole at the time of this offense.

"For someone willing to do this after only four months on mandatory supervised release, the court must make it clear that the purpose of parole is not to use it to expand one's felony resume," Ladd said.

Hart was given credit on his sentence for 269 days served. He is eligible for day-for-day good time.

The second would-be robber hasn't been caught.

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