Champaign man who robbed women sentenced to 8 years

Champaign man who robbed women sentenced to 8 years

URBANA — A Champaign man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for his first felony convictions — two holdups that happened on the same day late last year.

Ohagie Corbitt, 21, whose last known address was in the 200 block of East Green Street, had pleaded guilty in May to two separate counts of aggravated robbery.

In both cases, he admitted that he took cash from two different women while indicating he had a gun. Both incidents happened Dec. 16.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said the first took place shortly after 3 a.m. in the 500 block of East White Street, Champaign. A woman was trying to enter her apartment building with a piece of luggage and was grabbed by the shoulder.

The assailant told the woman he had a gun and demanded her money and cellphone, which she handed over after following the robber's order to change her cellphone password.

About 3 1/2 hours later, a woman was robbed in her room at the Extended Stay America motel, 610 Marketview Drive.

The victim had been in the lobby about 5:40 a.m. and saw Corbitt trying to get in the front door. She opened the door for him then returned to her room.

She used the bathroom and when she came out, Corbitt was in the room pointing a gun at her and demanding that she empty her wallet, which she did. He also demanded the phone of her friend, who was sleeping and ordered the other woman to sign out of the phone, which she did.

Corbitt was arrested about two weeks later for an unrelated crime and was found to have one of the victims' cellphones on him. A subsequent search of his home turned up a shoebox with a BB gun that appeared to be a real weapon.

Judge Tom Difanis senenced Corbitt to eight years in prison on each aggravated robbery conviction to be served at the same time.

Difanis allowed a request by Corbitt to be considered for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program, over the objection of Lozar.

Court records indicate Corbitt's only prior conviction had been a misdemeanor retail theft in 2016.

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