Teen gets probation for incident on Halloween at bank in Roberts

PAXTON — A Piper City teenager has been sentenced to 30 months of probation after pleading guilty to attempted aggravated robbery in connection with an incident on Halloween at a Ford County bank.

Damon J. Lee, 18, received the sentence on Dec. 18 in Ford County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement negotiated between State’s Attorney Matt Fitton and his court-appointed attorney, Harvey Welch of Urbana.

Lee and an alleged accomplice, Ryan A. Redmon, 19, also of Piper City, were each charged with one count of attempted aggravated robbery for allegedly entering the Vermilion Valley Bank in Roberts while wearing disguises and pointing BB-guns at people on Halloween morning.

Redmon and Lee never demanded or took any money while in the bank. Meanwhile, the document charging the two teens alleges that they “performed a substantial step toward the commission” of a robbery through their actions.

Redmon has pleaded innocent. His jury trial is scheduled for January.

Besides receiving probation, Lee was ordered to pay $500 in court costs, $250 in attorney fees and a DNA fee of $250.

Lee was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation as well as an alcohol and/or substance abuse assessment. He was also ordered to refrain from using or possessing alcohol and to not enter any place where the sale of alcoholic beverages is the principal business.

Lee also was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with credit for 49 days served, pending the results of a remission hearing.

Lee, who has been released from the Ford County jail, had no previous criminal history, according to Fitton.

Attempted aggravated robbery is punishable by a potential sentence ranging from three to seven years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

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