Second teen sentenced for Halloween incident at Roberts bank

PAXTON — A second teenager has been sentenced to probation for entering a bank in Roberts on Halloween morning while disguised and pointing BB-guns at people.

Ryan A. Redmon, 19, of Piper City, was sentenced to three years of probation on Feb. 4 by Ford County Judge Steve Pacey.

Redmon pleaded guilty in January to one count of attempted aggravated robbery, a Class 3 felony. In return for his plea, a separate charge of residential burglary in connection with an unrelated case was dismissed.

State’s Attorney Matt Fitton said he asked for a five-year prison term.

Redmon’s accomplice, Damon J. Lee, 18, also of Piper City, received a 30-month probation sentence on Dec. 18 after pleading guilty to the same charge.

The two teens entered the Vermilion Valley Bank in Roberts while wearing disguises, yelling and pointing BB-guns at people. They never demanded or took any money while in the bank, and no injuries were reported. However, the document charging the two teens said they “performed a substantial step toward the commission” of a robbery through their actions.

Besides receiving probation, Redmon was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine and $250 in attorney’s fees. He was also ordered to complete psychological counseling and a cognitive thinking class.

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

Redmon had no prior felony convictions, Fitton said.


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