RI teen pleads guilty to attempted robbery


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 9:03 pm
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By Rachel Warmke rwarmke@qconline.com
A Rock Island man involved in a September stick-up at the 11th Street Mart in Rock Island pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended felony count of attempted aggravated robbery.

LaVontrell Latae Lewis, 19,of 1830 11th St., faces a maximum three years in prison and is slated to be sentenced March 11.Three additional armed robbery charges are expected to be dismissed at that time.

Mr. Lewis was charged in October after police identified him as one of three men involved in the Sept. 25 robbery.

Mr. Lewis waited outside the gas station, acting as "a lookout," as two accomplices entered the store, wearing stocking hats and sunglasses, according to information at Thursday's plea hearing in Rock Island County Circuit Court.The two men indicated to the store clerk that they were armed with a gun and proceeded to take cash and cigarettes.

Video surveillance later identified Mr. Lewis, who was not wearing a mask.

"You need some new friends," Judge F. Michael Meersman told M. Lewis Thursday. "I don't know whose idea it was, but it was pretty stupid."

Court records indicate Michael Andrew Phillips, 45, who lived with Mr. Lewis, pleaded guilty to robbery in December after stealing cash, liquor and lottery tickets from the same gas station on Oct. 9. He is currently serving seven-and-a-half years in prison.

















 




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