Jax teen who admitted role in armed robbery sentenced

By Gary Scott on January 19, 2016 at 12:47pm

A Jacksonville teenager convicted of participating in an armed robbery last summer in Jacksonville has been sentenced.

The 17-year-old admitted a petition for adjudication for delinquency of a minor in Morgan County juvenile court in November. He, along with Juanlangeno Jackson, Don Starks and Jeremy Jackson, all of Jacksonville, were accused of setting up the robbery on July 16th.

The teen, who is not being named because he was charged as a juvenile, was sentenced last Thursday to an indeterminate period in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice that cannot last longer than his 21st birthday, according to Morgan County Assistant State’s Attorney Chad Turner.

Police testimony revealed the victim in the incident agreed to purchase an iPhone on an Internet site, and then meet the seller at Water and Ebey Streets. He was allegedly robbed of his own phone and about $400 in cash.

Police said the victim discovered that the phone was being re-sold online. A “controlled buy” was arranged through law enforcement. Juanlangeno Jackson and the 17-year-old were arrested as a result. Starks and Jeremy Jackson’s arrests followed.

The boy admitted the petition based on his role in the events that led to him being charged.