Teen gets prison for robbery
BY BILL BIRD firstname.lastname@example.org September 27, 2012 9:18PM
Updated: November 1, 2012 6:27AM
The first of four area men charged with robbing a convenience food store in Lisle two months ago has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in that crime.
Steven V. Gayden, 17, of Aurora, was found guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court of a felony charge of robbery. Companion charges of aggravated battery, retail theft and criminal damage to property were dismissed.
Judge Blanche Hill Fawell on Tuesday sentenced Gayden to prison, giving him 68 days of credit toward his term for time he has spent in jail since being arrested. Court records indicated Fawell also placed Gayden on two years of mandatory supervised release and ordered him to pay a total of $287 in fines and court costs.
Gayden and three associates were arrested following the early-morning July 19 robbery of the 7-Eleven store at 4651 Old Tavern Road in Lisle. His alleged accomplices included Antonio M. Finley, 21, a former Naperville resident now living in Lisle; Antwan Jones Jr., 18, of Chicago’s far south side; and Deshaun Wilson, 17, of Lisle.
Lisle police in July said Gayden, Finley, Jones and Wilson entered the store, looted it and physically assaulted an employee before leaving.
Paramedics took the worker to Edward Hospital in Naperville for treatment. Police said “miscellaneous items” were stolen, and no weapons were used during the robbery.
Gayden had also been facing trial for allegedly trespassing and possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana in separate incidents last April in Naperville. Those cases were dismissed Tuesday, court records showed.
Finley is a convicted thief who has been arrested or ticketed nearly 20 times.
He is on probation for the February 2011 theft of an iPad he grabbed from a woman on a Naperville street. Police were able to quickly arrest him by following the footprints he left in the snow.
Finley, Jones and Wilson are scheduled to appear in court next month in connection with the robbery.