DANVILLE — Cameron Johnson, 19, of 1108 Cleveland St., Danville, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey, according to a press release issued by Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline M. Lacy.

Earlier this year, Johnson pleaded guilty to the Class 1 felony offense of Aggravated Robbery. The crime is punishable from four to 15 years or incarceration; however, Johnson also could have received a sentence of probation.

During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Detective J. Stonewall of the Danville Police detailed the crime committed by Johnson. On May 8, 2018, Johnson along with a male juvenile entered the Subway sandwich shop located on the 2700 block of Vermilion Street. The juvenile was armed with a firearm, and he along with Johnson proceeded to rob an employee of more than $400.

Police determined it was Johnson who provided the juvenile the gun, and ultimately located the weapon hidden by Johnson under a relative’s bed after the robbery. The weapon was a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.

The prosecution provided additional evidence that prior to his May 8 crime, Johnson was involved in three other robberies.

Officer J. Varvel of the Westville Police Department testified to Johnson’s involvement in the April 12, 2018, robbery that occurred at Casey’s, 750 S. State St., Westville.

Detective T. J. Davis of the Danville Police Department provided testimony regarding Johnson’s involvement in two separate robberies; one occurring on April 2, 2018, at the Phillips 66, and the other occurring at the Circle K on April 18, 2018. Both establishments are located on Bowman Avenue.

State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy noted that no one was injured in any of Johnson’s offenses. However, she continued, such crimes, especially crimes involving firearms, simply will not be tolerated in this county.

"The sentence of imprisonment for Johnson, who prior to this case had no contacts with law enforcement whatsoever, should send a strong message of deterrence to anyone even remotely thinking about committing such acts," Lacy said in the release.

Foreman sentenced

Jeremey Foreman, of 905 Southmore Dr., Danville, was sentenced Thursday to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey for violating probation, according to a press release issued by Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy.

In October 2017, Foreman was sentenced to a period of probation for the Class 2 felony offense of Robbery. Foreman could have been sentenced up to seven years, and during the original sentencing hearing, the prosecution requested a term of imprisonment.

Earlier this year, at a petition to revoke Foremen’s probation hearing, Officers T. Wasson and J. Troglia, both of the Danville Police Department, provided evidence that Foreman, while on probation, committed offenses including aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and reckless driving.

The officers detailed a miles long chase of Foreman after he refused to pull over the vehicle he was driving after Wasson attempted to conduct a stop on the car for a traffic violation. Foreman drove through stop signs, committed lane violations, drove his car at excessive speeds and endangered the lives of numerous citizens who happened to be on the road a little after 6 p.m. on July 7, 2018. The chase ended when Foreman crashed his car into a light pole on Main just east of South Kansas Avenue.

At Thursday's re-sentencing hearing, Detective P. Carley of the Danville Police Department testified that he interviewed Foreman after he was arrested on July 7, 2018. The detective testified he learned that Foreman, while that case was pending, filed an affidavit with the court falsely alleging the statement he gave Carley was coerced. The prosecution established the allegation made by Foreman was a fabrication, as the entirety of Foreman’s statement was video and audio taped and no coercion whatsoever occurred.

Lacy noted the original sentencing court provided Foreman with probation for a crime wherein he entered another person’s home and by force took money and property from that person. Rather than comply with the conditions of his sentence, Foreman chose to commit new crimes, according to Lacy.

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