URBANA — Ryan Martin told a Champaign County judge that he no longer feels safe living in his own apartment and spends much of his time with his parents when he's not working.
The 21-year-old Savoy man described being attacked in his apartment late on Jan. 15 by three men — two of whom he knew — who beat him up and robbed him of about $2,000 he had earned selling a car he had refurbished.
On Thursday, Judge Tom Difanis sentenced one of those attackers, Jordan Fancher, 20, who listed an address in the 800 block of Oakland Avenue, Urbana, to six years in prison.
Fancher pleaded guilty in April to aggravated robbery, admitting that he took part in the attack on Martin with co-defendants Colton Fender, 21, and Cody Fry, 20, both of Mahomet. In return, a more serious charge of home invasion was dismissed.
Fry, who did not know Martin, was sentenced earlier this month to probation and six months in the county jail for aggravated robbery. Fender's case is unresolved.
Martin described for the judge how he was home alone in his apartment in the 1200 block of Wesley Avenue close to midnight on Jan. 15 when three men kicked in his front door and began beating him while demanding cash. Martin said one of the men held him down while two others searched his apartment. All of them kicked him about the face and upper body, leaving him bruised. One man also produced a pellet gun — Martin said he thought it was a real gun — and shot him in the hand with it. Martin said his finger still hurts from that.
Assistant State's Attorney Tory Lozar told The News-Gazette that Fender shot the pellet gun.
A neighbor heard the commotion and called deputies.
Martin said when the deputies knocked on his front door, the three attackers jumped out a back window with $2,060 of his cash, his cellphone and his keys. The phone and keys were later recovered but the cash was not.
Fry was caught nearby, but the other two men got away. Fender was arrested a few hours later at his home, and Fancher later turned himself in.
To aggravate Fancher's sentence, Lozar had University of Illinois police Lt. Matt Myrick testify about his department's ongoing investigation of Fancher for selling drugs from his previous home in Mahomet.
Myrick testified that his officers did a search of Fancher's Mahomet home on July 6, 2012, and found drug paraphernalia, scales and other evidence that he had been selling cannabis. Myrick said Fancher admitted to police he had been selling cannabis and methamphetamines since the fall of 2011. A separate case charging him with possession with intent to deliver cannabis was also dismissed as part of his plea.
Lozar asked for a 10-year prison sentence for Fancher while his court-appointed attorney, Bruce Ratcliffe of Champaign, sought probation.
Fancher apologized to Martin.
"What happened was unexcusable. I was raised better. This isn't who I am," he said.
Difanis called the attack on Martin a "savage beating." He described Fry, who had no prior convictions and didn't know Martin, as the tag-along friend who got caught up in the crime. Fancher, he said, was involved in planning the attack on Martin.
That he was "actively selling drugs speaks volumes about his rehabilitative potential," said Difanis, underscoring his reason for sentencing Fancher to prison.
He also ordered Fancher to repay Martin $680, about a third of the stolen cash.
Fancher is eligible for day-for-day good time.