Man gets 12 years for beating West Loop store clerk during robbery; attempted murder charges dropped

Ricky Norman | CPD

A man who was facing attempted murder charges for allegedly beating a West Loop convenience store clerk with a garden tool during a robbery last year has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for a 12-year sentence, according to court records.

Prosecutors said Ricky Norman, 52, beat the cashier in the head with a weed cuter during a robbery that netted him nothing more than bottles of Fireball whisky and Tito’s vodka at 7-Eleven, 627 West Jackson, in January 2020. The value of the allegedly stolen liquor totaled $30.

The victim suffered a fractured skull and broken facial bones, according to a CPD report, but he was able to identify Norman in a photo line-up from his hospital bed.

Now, prosecutors have agreed to drop the attempted murder and aggravated battery charges in exchange for Norman’s guilty plea on one count of robbery, records show. Judge James Linn oversaw the case and sentenced Norman this month.

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