A three-time felon is back in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing a woman on the Argyle Red Line platform just two weeks after the state released him early from prison for his third robbery conviction.
Darnell Dorsey-Collier, 28, pleaded guilty to approaching the woman from behind on Jan. 4, 2019, and taking her phone by force, police said at the time. Officers arrested him a few minutes after the incident.
Judge William T. O’Brien sentenced him to six years in prison with credit for 375 days served while awaiting trial. Dorsey-Collier, who will earn a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior, is scheduled to be paroled on Dec. 28, 2021.
State records show Dorsey-Collier was released from the Pinckneyville Correctional Center just 14 days before his latest robbery after serving half of a five-year prison sentence that he received for mugging a woman in Oak Park on May 29, 2016.
Oak Park police said at the time that Dorsey-Collier grabbed a woman in a bear hug, knocked her to the ground, laid on top of her, grabbed her buttocks repeatedly, and tried to rob her. A grand jury charged Dorsey-Collier with attempted criminal sexual assault, attempted robbery, and aggravated battery. Judge Paula Daleo approved a plea deal in which Dorsey-Collier pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery while the state dropped all other charges.
Dorsey-Collier was previously sentenced to three years for robbery in 2011; a concurrent three-year sentence for another robbery in 2011; and one year for possession of a lost or stolen credit card in 2014, according to state records.