Jul 2

After pleading guilty to aggravated robbery of a Bloomington hotel, an Illinois man received a 15-year prison sentence, according to an article by The Pantagraph

The robbery incident in question occurred on January 7, 2020 at the Best Western located at 604 1/2 IAA Drive in Bloomington. That is when the Illinois man entered the hotel and demanded money from an employee. According to court documents, the Illinois man indicated verbally that he was armed with a weapon and used the threat of force to complete the crime.

After the Illinois man left the hotel with an undisclosed amount of money, the Bloomington police arrived at the scene. At first, police officers were unable to locate the Illinois man. But they later apprehended and arrested the Illinois man after responding to reports of disorderly conduct in the 2000 block of Rainbow Avenue.

Since the arrest, the Illinois man declined to post $30,035 in bail and has remained in police custody at the McLean County Detention Center. With this Illinois man’s prison sentence beginning, it seems like an opportune moment to review Illinois laws against and penalties for aggravated robbery. 

Illinois Laws Against Aggravated Robbery

720 ILCS 5/18-1 establishes the Illinois laws against robbery and aggravated robbery. A person commits robbery if they knowingly use force — or the threat of force — to take property from the person or presence of another person. 

A standard robbery offense transforms into aggravated robbery if the perpetrator also:

  • Indicates verbally that they are in possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, even if the perpetrator does not actually have such a weapon in their possession; or
  • Delivers a controlled substance to the victim by injection, inhalation, ingestion, transfer of possession, or any other means, without the victim’s consent.

It is vital to note an exception to Illinois robbery laws. Illinois does not consider the theft of a motor vehicle as robbery or aggravated robbery. When the property in question is a motor vehicle, the crime is actually referred to as “vehicular hijacking,” which is prohibited under 720 ILCS 5/18-3

Illinois Penalties for Aggravated Robbery

Section 18-1 also furnishes the Illinois penalties for aggravated robbery. Under this section, aggravated robbery is charged as a Class 1 felony. If convicted for this class of felony, the statutory penalties can include a prison sentence between four and 15 years  as well as criminal fines up to $25,000. Probation or conditional discharge of up to 48 months is available for Class 1 felonies in Illinois. 

Do You Need Legal Help?

No matter what the criminal offense, all charges are serious. A sound strategy and an aggressive defense are essential for a positive outcome. To protect your rights in such situations, it is highly advisable to retain legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Prior Law Firm in Bloomington, Illinois, has proven experience in matters of criminal defense. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach The Prior Law Firm by phone at (309) 827-4300, email at johnprior@thepriorlawfirm.com or by completing an online form.