By Bob Uphues
In a deal with Cook County prosecutors, an Oak Lawn man charged last spring with robbing a 19-year-old Berwyn man in the driveway of a Riverside home, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and has been sentenced to serve two years in state prison.
Juan M. Infante, 25, pleaded guity to felony theft in front of Judge Geary Kull during a hearing earlier this month at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood.
Cook County prosecutors initially charged Infante with aggravated armed robbery with a firearm, a Class X felony, which could have carried a prison sentence between six and 30 years in prison.
The victim told police that on March 31, 2019 he agreed to buy cannabis and LSD from Infante at a home in the 500 block of Longcommon Road. Infante allegedly robbed the victim at gunpoint inside a vehicle that was driven to the location by a juvenile.
Riverside police arrested two Lyons residents, a juvenile and a 19-year-old man, on April 1. Neither was charged since they did not commit the robbery, according to police. Following those arrests, detectives obtained a warrant for Infante's arrest. Oak Lawn police apprehended him on April 6 and turned him over to Riverside police.