16 Years in Prison for Orland Park Jewelry Store Robber

Darrin Carter, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed robbery of an Orland Park jewelry store in October 2011, where the store's owner and a staff member were threatened with a gun and bound with duct tape as the robbery took place.

One of four men accused of robbing an Orland Park jewelry store more than a year ago pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to court records.

Darrin Carter, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery in Cook County Judge Colleen Ann Hyland's Bridgeview courtroom on Tuesday. As part of the deal, 16 additional felony counts, including aggravated kidnapping, unlawful restraint and robbery, were dismissed.

In addition to the 16-year stint, Carter is set to spend three years on parole upon his release and pay $394 in court costs. He has been in custody on $500,000 bond since he was arrested days after the robbery and will receive credit for 441 days he spent in county hail.

Carter's three co-defendants, Charles Harper, 38, Antoinne Kelly, 32, and Lance P. Vaughn, 33, are proceeding with their cases. Vaughn remains in custody on $500,000 bond; Harper and Kelly, also in custody, were both been denied bond.

All three are scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 20.

Police said Harper and Kelly entered Jewelry Gems and Designs, 9542 W. 147th St., on Oct. 25, 2011 posing as customers and then, brandishing a gun, tied the store’s employee and owner with duct tape.

Carter entered and helped gather an undisclosed amount of jewelry before the three men split up into two cars, one driven by Vaughn, police said.

It is unknown whether conditions of Carter's plea will require him to testify against the other three. Carter's defense attorney was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.

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Barb January 10, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I m glad my friend that owns this store was not hurt!!!!?
MediaObserver January 10, 2013 at 06:44 PM
This will probably be the last year for Patch. Only 1 out of 9 sites are even making any money. That is straight from the top. There was just too much overhead associated with this site. http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/01/07/aol-says-one-out-nine-patch-sites-profitable/
Ben Feldheim (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 01:17 AM
We'll talk about this again next year.
Barb Hines January 11, 2013 at 02:09 AM
This brings to mind the Lane Bryant murders. Same MO and the guy resembles the police pic. Wonder if they questioned him?
Bob Laird January 11, 2013 at 03:24 AM
somebody brought up a really good point on the patch a couple of weeks ago. They said that the the composit picture could almost have been a woman. I went back and looked and they're right. Could it be that they have been looking for a man and all along it was a female?


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