The thief of a restaurant in downtown Champaign sentenced to 16 years | Courts-police-fire


URBANA – A Champaign man with a history of theft was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison for robbing a downtown Champaign restaurant last fall.

Gregory Lee Gates, 54, who listed his address as the CU at Home Phoenix Drop-In Center, 70 E. Washington St., admitted to Judge Roger Webber that around 11 a.m. on November 18, he robbed an employee from Kohinoor Indian Restaurant, 6 E. Columbia Ave., while suggesting he had a gun.

Gates fled with a computer and money after threatening to shoot the employee if he didn’t hand over the money. The employee never saw a gun, so Gates was only charged with aggravated theft.

The theft was caught on surveillance video and a detective in the area saw Gates wearing the same clothes as the person in the video.

Gates admitted to police that he detained the employee because he was hungry and sick.

Police recovered the computer, a charging cord, and approximately $ 1,400 from Gates’ living room.

Due to his previous record, which included five robberies or armed robberies, as well as residential robberies and burglaries, Gates had to be sentenced as a Class X felon to between six and 30 years in prison.

He was credited with his sentence for 209 days already served in prison.

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