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Crime & Courts

Plea deal finalized in DeKalb armed robbery

SYCAMORE – A woman originally charged in an armed robbery in which two DeKalb office employees’ personal items were stolen will avoid prison time.

Mariah Romero, 22, of University Park, was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation after she pleaded guilty to obstructing justice.

Prosecutors dropped two counts of armed robbery against Romero, who was accused of helping Demond Hunt, 23, of Matteson, rob two University Heights employees Nov. 27.

Romero received a lighter sentence because she testified in front of jurors in April against Hunt, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday.

Hunt hit one of the women with a revolver and stole a purse and cellphone, court records show. Police found the cellphone, a loaded gun and a wallet in Romero’s University Heights apartment. She told police six different stories about what happened that day, lied about Hunt’s name and said other men were involved, authorities said.

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