Champaign man gets 8 years for role in 2017 gas-station robbery in Savoy

Champaign man gets 8 years for role in 2017 gas-station robbery in Savoy

URBANA — A Champaign man is headed to prison for eight years in connection with his role in a 2017 gas-station robbery in Savoy.

Kenichi Townsend, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated robbery, admitting his part in a Dec. 27, 2017, holdup at Circle K at 407 N. Dunlap Ave.

Facts laid out in earlier court hearings showed that two masked men entered the store when an employee was alone about 11:45 p.m. that Wednesday.

One asked for cigars and, when the attendant turned to get them, co-defendant Brice Robinson, 21, of Tolono, allegedly jumped over the counter. The other man, later identified as Townsend, allegedly produced a gun and forced the employee to the back of the store, where Townsend stole his wallet.

Prosecutors said Robinson used a code supplied to him by his girlfriend, Jaricka Good, a former employee at the store, to open the cash register and take money from it. She was not present at the time of the robbery.

Robinson pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in May 2018 and was sentenced to six years in prison. Good has also been charged with armed robbery and aggravated robbery; a pretrial hearing has been set June 4 in her case.

In October 2018, Townsend was one of six men identified by Champaign police as having ties to local gang and gun violence. The next month, Bloomington police arrested him during a traffic stop.

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