Man gets 12 years for armed robbery near Roscoe Village

Kemar Matthews-Hill and the approximate location of the robbery. | Google; CPD

A South Chicago man has been sentenced to 12-years in prison for his participation in the robbery of a man near Roscoe Village one year ago.

Kemar Matthews-Hill, 21, and an unnamed 17-year-old female juvenile were arrested shortly after the robbery on Dec. 11, 2017. Prosecutors said the two approached a man in the 2000 block of West Grace and announced a robbery. Matthews-Hill held the victim at gunpoint while the woman took his keys, wallet, and phone, according to the allegations.

After demanding to know where the man’s vehicle was parked, Matthews-Hill and the girl fled on foot. Arriving officers raced to the spot where the victim told the robbers his car had been parked and arrested the two as they neared the vehicle. A gun was recovered along with the victim’s stolen property.

On Monday, Matthews-Hill pleaded guilty to one count of Class X armed robbery in a deal with prosecutors who dropped nine other felony charges. He is required to serve at least 85% of the 12-year sentence. Judge Timothy O’Brien approved the plea bargain.

No information is available about the girl’s court case because she is a juvenile.
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