James Davis Jr.


DECATUR — A 48-year-old Decatur man on Tuesday was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a gas station in February, according to Macon County Circuit Court records. 

Prosecutors said James Davis Jr. robbed the Circle K gas station at 1141 E. Wood St. by implying he had a gun. Court records show that on May 29 he entered a guilty plea after an aggravated robbery charge was amended and reduced to robbery, a Class 2 felony.

Davis will receive credit for time served in the Macon County Jail from Feb. 20 to July 23 and must serve a mandatory three-year supervised release, court records show. 

Police arrested Davis at 1:25 a.m. Feb. 20, moments after the Circle K attendant reported being held up at 1:03 a.m. Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland previously said officers found Davis, who matched the suspect description, a block away from the scene. 

The gas station attendant and another witness both identified Davis as the robber, Copeland said. He was carrying 24 boxes of cigarettes, valued at $185, that were stolen during the robbery.

Copeland said Davis originally demanded cash, but later fled with the cigarettes after becoming agitated with the attendant. 

This story has been updated to reflect that James Davis Jr. was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

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