Urbana man gets 3 years for role in phone sale that turned into mugging

Urbana man gets 3 years for role in phone sale that turned into mugging

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he took part in mugging a man in a phone sale gone awry has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Judge Roger Webber on Thursday agreed to recommend Billiaman Rosenje, 20, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of North Lincoln Avenue, for the Department of Corrections' boot-camp program.

Rosenje pleaded guilty to robbery, admitting that on Nov. 17, he took part in punching a man inside a car on North Lincoln Avenue and robbing him of phones.

The man had come to that location to sell an iPhone to a person he thought was "Wendy," with whom he had communicated via a cellphone app.

Instead, co-defendant Darius Bradley, 20, got in the man's car while Rosenje and co-defendant Michael Dorsey, 18, reached in through the car window and punched him. They then pulled him out of the car, and all three men hit him and grabbed the phone he had planned to sell as well as a second one that was inside his car.

The trio scattered, and the victim left and got help from his girlfriend and her father. They returned later to the complex, spotted two of the men going into an apartment and contacted police, who arrested them.

Assistant State's Attorney Victor Dedman said Rosenje had no prior convictions but does have a pending methamphetamine-related criminal case in Cook County.

Bradley and Dorsey are also charged with robbery and are supposed to return to court June 4.

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