Man Sentenced for Robbery Attempt in DuPage County
A man was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday after being convicted of attempting to rob a jewelry store with a sledgehammer. According to a report, the man entered a store with a sledgehammer and smashed a glass jewelry case before he was shot by a security guard at the Oakbrook Center mall.
Police say the man had two accomplices, who have not yet been found. Prosecutors in the case tried to get the man sentenced to the maximum of 15 years in prison but the judge gave him a lesser sentence. The man said that he didn’t understand that what he was doing was robbery.
When someone is arrested for a property crime, such as robbery, it is important that they understand their rights. Sometimes a person doesn’t understand why they have been charged or what the charges could mean if they are convicted. It is important that the person who is convicted understands their rights before speaking to authorities or making statements in court.
It isn’t clear if this man understood his crime, and in some cases a person might be forced by another person to commit a crime. An attorney can help investigate the allegations facing a person in Dupage County and work to form a rigorous criminal defense. The man will receive credit for time he has already spent in jail during his trial. However, when someone faces years in prison, they might want to consider filing an appeal. Sometimes cases are mishandled, which can result in a wrongful conviction.
Source: Daily Herald, “DuPage County judge sentences would-be jewelry thief to 8 years,” Justin Kmitch, Dec. 5, 2013
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