Cahokia man gets 9-year prison term in grocery store armed robbery

A Cahokia man who was among four masked men armed with guns who stormed a grocery store, threatened to kill employees and made off with $7,000 in cash was sentenced Friday to nine and a half years in prison, Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton’s office announced.

Devante J. Hodges, 22, of Cahokia admitted to police that on the evening of Jan. 11, he and three others entered the Shop N Save at 1028 Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia and robbed the store. Hodges told police he and two others —Lemarcus D. Jackson, 28, of Centreville and Undray C. Webb, 26, of Cahokia — stood guard with firearms drawn while Byron J. “Josh” Holton, 27, jumped over a store counter and demanded an employee fill a backpack with cash.

The four men threatened to kill employees during the robbery, court papers allege.

With around $7,000 in the backpack, the four exited the store and left in a waiting car allegedly driven by Durand L. Harper, 25, of Cahokia.

In addition to his prison term, Hodges will be on probation for three years and must pay $7,000 in restitution.

The cases against Jackson, Webb, Holton and Harper remain pending. Holton, Jackson and Webb also are accused of carrying out the Dec. 11, 2014 robbery of the Alps grocery store at 800 Upper Cahokia Road in Cahokia.