Court Report: 10 year sentence for beating, robbing 70-year-old at Sheridan Red Line (Plus other recent court decisions)

Karon Cannon pleaded guilty to beating and robbing an elderly man outside the Sheridan Red Line station. | CPD; File

A Near West Side man has pleaded guilty to attacking and robbing a 70-year-old man outside the Sheridan Red Line station in August 2017. Karon Cannon, 25, was sentenced to seven years for robbery and a concurrent ten-years for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm to a victim over age 60 by Judge Nicholas Ford. Cannon will have to serve at least 85% of the robbery sentence.

Prosecutors alleged that Cannon punched the elderly man in the face, knocking him to the ground, and then began striking the man with an unknown object during the robbery around 6 p.m. on Aug. 7th, 2017.

Cannon was free on electronic monitoring while fighting a domestic battery charge at the time of the attack.

Edwin Herrera’s one-hour joy ride will cost him another six years in prison. | CPD; Maserati

• A man who has spent most of his adult life in prison for stealing cars is going back to prison for stealing a Maserati in the Loop last November. Edwin Herrera, 38, pleaded guilty to stealing the $100,000 sports car after it was left running in front of an apartment building in the first block of East 9th Street.

At the time of the Maserati heist, Herrera was on parole after serving half of an eight-year sentence for stealing an ambulance and leading police on a two-state vehicle pursuit in March 2014.

In a plea deal approved by Judge Kenneth Wadas, Herrera will serve at least 85% of a six-year sentence for taking the Maserati. Wadas gave him credit for 82 days time served while awaiting trial and fined Herrera $429.

According to Illinois state records, Herrera has been sent to prison repeatedly since 1999:

• Six years for aiding or abetting the possession of a stolen motor vehicle in 2009
• Six years for aiding or abetting the possession of a stolen motor vehicle in 2006
• Three years for aggravated battery of a police or fireman in 2001
• Four years for receiving-possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2001
• Another four years for receiving-possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2001
• Five years for aggravated battery in a public place in 1999

Ceazar | CPD

• A 25-year-old man has been effectively sentenced to eight years in prison for committing series of robberies in the Loop and Lincoln Park last spring.

Toron Ceazer pleaded guilty to three robberies and one theft in a plea deal approved by Judge Timothy Joyce. Ceazer was sentenced to three concurrent four-year sentences for two robberies and the theft. He was also handed a consecutive four-year term for the fourth robbery. Joyce gave Ceazer 301 days credit for time served.

Ceazer was arrested on March 23, 2018, minutes after a 27-year-old woman reported being robbed of her phone outside the ABC7 TV studios at 190 North State. Officers said Ceazer was carrying a total of five cell phones at the time of his arrest. Detectives tracked those phones to robberies in the 2200 block of North Lincoln in Lincoln Park as well as other muggings in the Loop, according to court records.

Devonte Gipson received probation in exchange for his guilty pleas. | CPD; Google

• A judge handed down two-years probation to a man who has pleaded guilty to robbing on Loop fast food restaurant and trying to rob a second one over the summer.

Devonte Gipson, 26, has pleaded guilty to robbing the Dunkin’ Donuts at 31 East Adams with his hand under a newspaper in August and to the attempted robbery of a  McDonalds at 144 South Wabash minutes later.

Cops arrested Gipson just steps from the McDonald’s entrance.

Cook County Judge Charles Burns approved the plea deal.
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