A career criminal who was released on parole little more than a year ago was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison, for the December holdup of a Naperville service station not far from his home.
Antonio L. Alexander pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in DuPage County Circuit Court to a felony charge of aggravated robbery. Judge Kathryn E. Creswell accepted that plea and imposed Alexander's sentence.
Alexander, 35, last lived on the 30W000 block of Valencia Court, in the unincorporated Courtyards Village area of DuPage County near Naperville's far northwest side. He was arrested following the Dec. 15 stick up of the Mobil service station at the southwest corner of Diehl Road and Route 59 in Naperville, less than a mile north of his home.
The robbery occurred about 1:33 a.m. Alexander entered the station and gestured as if holding a gun in his pocket, and the on-duty clerk responded by giving him $83 from the register, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin.
Naperville police Sgt. Gregg Bell last year said Alexander fled from the area in a black, four-door vehicle bearing a temporary Illinois license plate. A vehicle and driver matching Alexander's description was seen soon after traveling east on Interstate 88 from Naperville, Bell said.
Police were attempting to stop the vehicle at Butterfield Road and Interstate 355 near Downers Grove when it struck a median, spun out of control and crashed. Bell said Alexander bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot, but was captured less than four hours later by Downers Grove police.
Darrah said a subsequent investigation determined Alexander was never armed and had put his hand in one of his pockets, in order to make it appear to the clerk that he had a gun.
Alexander has been convicted of at least 10 felony crimes during his life. Court records showed he was most recently paroled from prison on July 8, 2011, following a 2006 arrest for aggravated robbery in Cook County.
Alexander was sentenced in 2007 to 10 years in prison in that case. Records indicated that he also served time for four narcotics-related crimes committed in 1996 and 1998.
Berlin said Alexander "made the very poor decision to commit this robbery. He threatened a man, who was just trying to make an honest living, with his life. He did all this for $83."
Darrah said Alexander must serve half his sentence, or 7 1/2 years in prison, before being considered for parole.