A neighborhood pest whose lengthy list of run-ins with businesses and residents ended after he robbed a local 7-Eleven and a Walgreens has reached a plea deal.
|Bensfield (Illinois Dept of Corrections)|
Raymond Bensfield, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft last week and received two four-year sentences to be served concurrently.
Bensfield pretended to have a gun as he took five packs of Marlboros and two bottles of Jack Daniel’s from the 7-Eleven store at 2619 N. Clark in early January.
The next morning, Bensfield walked into the Walgreens at 2817 N. Clark and claimed to have a gun when workers tried to stop him from stealing a bottle of Jägermeister, prosecutors said.
In the months before the robberies, Bensfield was arrested several times in the same area for charges such as shoplifting, battery, and aggravated assault with a knife.
He has been sentenced to prison twice before in Illinois, receiving a three year sentence for arson in 1995 and a six year sentence for armed robbery in 2010, according to state records.
He arrived at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet on Friday.