EDWARDSVILLE — An Alorton man has been found guilty of armed robbery and fleeing police on a high-speed chase two years ago.
Prosecutors said Henry O. Chambers, 20, was driving a stolen car in Granite City and robbed a man while armed with a handgun, then tried to rob another in November 2010.
Chambers and two other men fled in a stolen 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, leading police on a three-mile high-speed chase along Illinois 203. Prosecutors said he was driving 95 mph in a 45 mph zone when he crashed, then fled and was finally arrested while hiding in a truck-stop toilet.
The case when to trial this week before Chief Judge Ann Callis, and the jury deliberated 90 minutes Tuesday before finding Chambers guilty of armed robbery, a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison; attempted armed robbery, a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison; and aggravated fleeing a police officer, a Class 4 felony punishable by 1-3 years in prison. He was found not guilty on one charge relating to motor vehicles.
"People need to feel safe on the streets of their hometowns," said State's Attorney Tom Gibons. "I hope that successful prosecutions like these will send a message to criminals that if they commit a violent act, there will be a price to pay."
Charges were dropped against Montrell Brownlee and Damond Jones, Chambers co-defendants. The Madison County State's Attorney's office said both testified against Chambers, cooperated with police and neither was involved in the robberies. State's attorney's spokesman Stephanee Smith said Chambers did not testify in his own defense.
Chambers remains in custody at the Madison County Jail and will be sentenced at a later date. The investigation included members of the Metro-East Auto Theft Task Force.
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