8-year prison sentence for DeKalb armed robbery

SYCAMORE — A 20-year-old DeKalb man is serving eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to armed robbery as part of a negotiated agreement.

James D. Black, of the 1100 block of South Sixth Street, DeKalb, admitted Thursday to robbing two victims about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 20, 2012 in the 900 block of Ridge Drive in DeKalb, court records show.

As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped a charge alleging Black was armed with a Raven P-25 semi-automatic handgun during the robbery, as well as less serious charges alleging forgery in August 2012 and aggravated battery in January 2011.

In October 2012, Black and 23-year-old Darius Fizer of DeKalb threatened to shoot the victims and took money, cell phones, cigarettes and Hennessy liquor from them, police said. Fizer was armed with brass knuckles, court records show.

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

Fizer was also sentenced to eight years in prison March 27.