Court report: A look at recent robbery sentences

Here’s how some robbery cases that we previously told you about have concluded in court. The sentences range from probation to six years.

Robbery on 4th day of recognizance bond

Just days after prosecutors refused to file felony charges against Deamonte Glover for allegedly stealing $700 worth of coats in the Loop, the 19-year-old was accused of beating and robbing a man near the Chicago Red Line station in July 2019.

Now, Glover is going to prison for that robbery. But he won’t be there long.

When Glover and a woman approached the 40-year-old victim, he claimed to have a gun and ordered the man to “give us your sh*t,” prosecutors alleged. Then, Glover grabbed the victim, repeatedly punched him in the face, and kicked him while taking his wallet.

Loyola University police and Chicago cops took Glover into custody nearby, but the woman was not caught. Prosecutors charged him with aggravated robbery.

At the time of the attack, Glover was enjoying his fourth day of freedom on a recognizance bond for stealing three coats from Overland Sheepskin Company. Police tried to get him charged with a felony in that case, but a prosecutor refused, citing Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s order to only pursue misdemeanor charges for thefts of less than $1,000, according to the CPD case report.

Now, Glover has pleaded guilty to the robbery charge in exchange for a three-year prison sentence. But he’s only scheduled to be in prison for a little more than three months after receiving a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit for time spent in jail before pleading guilty.

Probation for robbery — and burglary

While Glover’s deal with prosecutors may sound pretty good, it’s nothing compared to the plea deal Paris Smith got for robbing a man last year and then burglarizing an Old Town home while he was out on bail.

According to court records, Smith, 27, received two years probation after he pleaded guilty to the robbery and another two years probation on the burglary charge.

Police responded to a burglar alarm in the 1900 block of North Hudson around 6:30 p.m. on October 5, 2019, and found Smith sitting in a car outside the home, which had a broken window. Cops also found an iPad and coat on the front porch.

At the time of the burglary, Smith was on a recognizance bond while awaiting trial for robbing a man in the Garfield Park neighborhood. 

3 robberies, 6 years

Danontae Blanton’s plea negotiations did not go nearly as well as Glover’s and Smith’s.

Blanton, who had several minor brushes with the law around Lakeview, took a more serious turn in the summer of 2019 when she allegedly pulled off three armed robberies in about a month.

Cops arrested her after she allegedly stole $150 worth of clothing while armed with a knife at Egor’s Dungeon, 900 West Belmont, on September 7.

“Move or I will cut you,” Blanton allegedly said as she made her way out of the store. Police found her in Boystown a short time later.

Prosecutors also charged her with robbing a CTA passenger at knifepoint at the Wilson Red Line station a few hours before the Egor’s Dungeon heist. And she was charged with using a knife to rob another CTA passenger at the Medical District Blue Line station on August 3.

According to court records, Blanton pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of robbery in exchange for three concurrent 6-year prison sentences. She is scheduled to be paroled in September 2022.

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