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Crime & Courts

1st of 2 men charged in Glen Ellyn armed robbery sentenced to 12 years

Joshua Phillips, 21, of the 300 block of Alder Lane, Glen Ellyn
Joshua Phillips, 21, of the 300 block of Alder Lane, Glen Ellyn

GLEN ELLYN – One of two men charged in a 2016 Glen Ellyn armed robbery was sentenced to 12 years in prison Oct. 22, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

Joshua Phillips, 21, of the 300 block of Alder Lane, Glen Ellyn, pleaded guilty Sept. 5 to one count of armed robbery, a Class X felony, the release stated.

On Aug. 21, his co-defendant, Alonzo Alexander, 22, of the 1600 block of Briarcliffe Boulevard, Wheaton, also pleaded guilty to the same count, according to the release. His sentencing date is scheduled for Nov. 19 in front of Judge Robert Miller, who also handed down Phillips' sentence.

At about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 26, 2016, Phillips and Alexander approached their victim from behind and forced him at gunpoint into his car, the release stated. They then forced the victim at gunpoint to drive to several ATMs to make cash withdrawals from his bank account, according to the release. Phillips and Alexander also stole the victim’s iPhone.

An investigation by the Glen Ellyn Police Department led to the two men, who were both taken into custody in early December 2016.

Phillips will be required to serve 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole, the release stated.

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