Alleged Cahokia grocery store robbers face more charges

Three of the five men charged in connection with an armed robbery to a Cahokia grocery store in January now face charges in connection with an armed robbery to a different store in town in December.

Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton’s office announced Thursday that Byron “Josh” Holton, 26, of Cahokia; LaMarcus D. Jackson, 28, of Centreville; and Undray C. Webb, 25, of Cahokia face charges of robbery, conspiring to commit robbery and using weapons in a crime of violence. They allegedly entered the Alps grocery store at 800 Upper Cahokia Road on Dec. 11, 2014, while masked and armed with guns. They allegedly stole cash from two registers and from a safe in the store before fleeing.

Holton, Jackson and Webb initially were booked in February on similar charges along with Devonte J. Hodges, 22, of Cahokia and Durand L. Harper, 25, of Cahokia in connection with the Shop N Save robbery in February. In that robbery, Holton, Jackson, Webb and Hodges burst into the store shortly after 9:30 p.m., again masked and armed, pointed their guns at employees and demanded money, according to authorities. They allegedly left the store with over $7,000 and fled in a car driven by Harper.

Robbery and conspiring to commit robbery each are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and probation. Using a weapon in a violent crime carries a minimum of seven years and a maximum of life in prison.