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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man gets 8 years for armed robbery

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man was sentenced to 8 years in prison Wednesday for an armed robbery in October.

Darius Fizer, 22, of the 2500 block of Williams Way in DeKalb, pleaded guilty to armed robbery Wednesday in exchange for a lesser charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon being dropped.

Fizer was sentenced to 8 years in prison, but Assistant Public Defender Robert Carlson said he likely serve about 4 years in prison when given credit for good time and time served in jail while the case was pending.

According to court documents, Fizer and James D. Black, 19, of the 1100 block of South Sixth Street in DeKalb, robbed two victims at about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 20 in the 900 block of Ridge Drive in DeKalb.

Fizer, armed with brass knuckles, and Black, armed with a Raven P-25 semi-automatic handgun, threatened to shoot the victims if they did not turn over their property. Fizer and Black took money, cell phones, cigarettes and Hennessy liquor from the victims.

After police officers were provided descriptions of the suspects, they located Fizer and Black with the victims' possessions at the 7-Eleven on Annie Glidden Road later that morning.

Both men have a criminal history, including a 2010 aggravated robbery for Fizer, court documents state. Black has pending charges of forgery, criminal trespass, resisting police and multiple juvenile felonies, according to court records.

Black, who is being held on $500,000 bond, will appear in court again on April 10.

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