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Crime & Courts

1st 7-Eleven armed robbery defendant heads to trial

22-year-old Chicago man waives right to jury trial

A Chicago man charged in the armed robbery of the Sycamore 7-Eleven that left a clerk with two gunshot wounds is banking on a judge, rather than a jury, when he goes to trial next week.

DeAngelo D. Bryant, 22, 1100 block of West 10th Street, Chicago, will go to trial at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Until his final jury setting Thursday afternoon, it was presumed he’d have a jury trial. His lawyer Bob Nolan, however, said after consulting his client, Bryant said he’d rather go before Judge William Brady.

Bryant is charged with armed robbery, and Brady reminded him of the sentencing parameters Bryant heard from Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert back in July: He could face 21 to 45 years in prison, if convicted, and would not be eligible for parole.

Bryant has been held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond since July 25, when he was arrested after a single-vehicle crash in Elmhurst, hours after prosecutors said he and Terrance E. Storey, 29, of the 300 block of West 100th Street, and Tevin T. Woods, 27, of the 6000 block of South Ellis Avenue, robbed the 7-Eleven at 404 W. State St., Sycamore.

Police said in court records that Storey shot the clerk twice in the leg, but during the bond hearing in July, First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein said all three men had spent their night plotting which convenience stores they could rob. All three of them have been held without bond since Stuckert’s ruling July 31.

Woods also could face 21 to 45 years in prison, if convicted. If Storey, who told police he fired the gun twice to scare the clerk at the convenience store, is convicted of armed robbery, he could face 31 years to natural life in prison.

Klein said the men went on to rob a BP station in Carol Stream, evidence that will be allowed in the trial, court records show.

Woods and Bryant were arrested shortly after 1:30 a.m. July 25, after a single-vehicle crash near North and Indiana avenues in Elmhurst, according to court records. Elmhurst police said they found Storey about 8:05 a.m. July 25 under a resident’s outdoor deck in the 100 block of East Lake Frontage Road.

A motion by Nolan, Bryant’s lawyer, asking that his statements to police shouldn’t be allowed, was denied Feb. 22. The motion claimed that Bryant suffered a head injury during the crash, and that he wasn’t allowed medical attention.

The motion also said he’d been drinking and smoking marijuana in the 12 hours leading up to his arrest, so he didn’t understand his Miranda rights.

State’s Attorney Rick Amato will join Assistant State’s Attorney Suzanne Collins in prosecuting the case at trial. Collins said she has about 10 witnesses to call. Video of interviews also is expected to be shown.

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