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|Man Accused in Robbery Sentenced to 7-1/2 Years
|POSTED 4:59pm 4/20/12 "I'm going to go home and cry with you." Those were some of the final words Knox County Circuit Court Judge Scott Shiplett spoke when he sentenced a Galesburg teenager Friday to prison time for his role in a robbery and shooting almost a year ago.
Shiplett sentenced 18-year old Tyrone Haywood to seven-and-a-half years in prison for the count of Armed Robbery he pleaded guilty to. Shiplett said he feels like crying because it pains him that someone so young has admitted to taking part in such a serious crime.
Haywood is accused of taking part in a robbery last July that left 22-year old Jordan Allen hospitalized.
Haywood allegedly broke out a window in a car Allen was sitting in at a Monmouth Boulevard apartment complex, while 18-year old Devonta Parker allegedly shot Allen. Allen spent about a month in the hospital suffering from a collapsed lung and heart injuries.
Defense attorney Kim Norton argued for the state minimum four years in prison for Haywood, citing a lack of a criminal record and the likelihood Haywood wouldn't act again.
Shiplett disagreed, citing the fact that Haywood was on probation for a juvenile offense, smoked the illegal substance marijuana every day, and wasn't sure Haywood wouldn't commit another crime since he admitted to always following the wrong crowd.
Assistant State's Attorney Erik Gibson argued for 12 years in prison. Haywood will have to serve a little more than three years before he can be released.
He did apologize to Allen, Allen's family, and his own family.
Parker is already serving a 15-year prison sentence.
|04 20 12 by Newsroom
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