MURPHYSBORO, IL -
A 17 year-old from Murphysboro, Illinois has been convicted of armed robbery and aggravated robbery.
Michael Carr, the Jackson County State's Attorney, announced on Friday that Dontriel Barnes was convicted of armed and aggravated robbery of an attendant at the Circle K Gas station back in December 2013. The release says the trial last three days.
Evidence at the trial revealed that Barnes entered the Circle K at about 10:30 pm on December 9th, 2013, while armed with a hand gun. He demanded money from the attendant. Video surveillance showed that a masked robber had pointed a gun at the cashier as he took the money, and it also showed the clothes he was wearing. The attendant immediately called the Murphysboro Police Department which had two cars within blocks of the gas station.
Minutes after the call, Barnes was seen by an officer a few blocks away walking out of an alley between 15th and 16th streets at the intersection of Gartside. After he was told by an officer that a robbery had just happened a few blocks away and the officer was going to pat him him down, Barnes took off and ran. The officer apprehended him next to a large privacy fence on 16th Street. Barnes had the cash stolen in his pants pocket.
At the time, Murphysboro was blanketed in one of the largest snowfalls of the season. Officers were able to follow footprints in the snow made by Barnes to find the clothing, mask, and gloves he used in the robbery. An Illinois State Police Forensics Scientist from Carbondale, Illinois testified that the DNA found on the mask matched Barnes.
The gun was not found due to the snow, but was recovered two months later on the other side of the privacy fence where Barnes had been arrested.
Barnes faces a minimum sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison, and probation is not a possibility. The lawrequiress that the court impose a additional minimum sentence of 15 years and he will be required to serve at least 85% of the entire term because a firearm was used in the offense.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 2 and 10:00 am.
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