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Second Suspect in Jewelry Store Robbery Pleads Guilty

Charles Harper was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to the armed robbery of an Orland Park jewelry store.

The second of four men accused of robbing an Orland Park jewelry store at gunpoint, and tying up the owner and an employee with duct tape, was sentenced to 22 years in prison Wednesday.

Charles Harper, 37, of the 2900 block of West 183rd Street in Lansing, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to one count of armed robbery in Judge Colleen Hyland’s Bridgeview courtroom. For pleading guilty, an additional 21 charges including aggravated kidnapping and felony possession of a weapon were dropped.

Harper also will spend three years under mandatory supervision after his release from prison, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. He also is required to pay $419 in court fees, and will receive 483 days credit for time already served in jail.  

Harper has been in custody since Nov. 2011, when he was arrested and accused of taking part in an armed robbery about a week prior in Orland Park.

Harper posed as a customer along with Antoine C. Kelly, 31, of the 800 block of White Oak Lane in University Park, and went into Jewelry Gems and Designs on Oct. 25, 2011. The two asked to see engagement rings when Harper pulled out a handgun, threatened the owner and employee and both he and Kelly bound the owner’s and employee’s hands with duct tape, according to the Orland Park Police Department.

They then let in Darrin O. Carter, 32, of the 3300 block of West Polk Street in Chicago. The three began gathering jewelry from the store’s displays, and then split up between two cars before driving away, one of which was driven by Lance P. Vaughn, 32, of the 3400 block of Congress Parkway in Chicago, according to police.

All four men were caught and arrested about a week later and then indicted on 23 to 27 counts each on charges including aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. All four men originally pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Jan. 9, Carter pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and was sentenced by Hyland to 16 years in prison.

Both Kelly's and Vaughn's cases are continuing, and both are expected back in Hyland's courtroom on March 21.

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Daniella February 21, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Frank, im sure the patch is updating our community that a felon was sentenced to significant prison time. I think the residents in orland park should realize orland in not the orland that we loved 10 years ago. Just look at what has happened to orland mall. and now our trustees have approved 300 apartments in the downtown area. unless we can figure out how to raise our property values orland will become another evergreen park.
Harry Callahan February 21, 2013 at 06:55 PM
@frank,I think it paints a picture of things to come,not only in OP but TP too,The trouble is many think I'm crazy but even Daniella seems to think CHANGE is coming;
Amanda Horn February 21, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Hmm, wouldn't quite put the sentencing of someone who committed armed robbery in the mundane category either! Glad that he is now a jail bird.
Dennis Robaugh February 25, 2013 at 07:28 PM
We are hoping to add a feature and language to the site that will allow our editors to differentiate a "breaking news" notification from a "news alert." Significant news arises that doesn't qualify as a "breaking" story, and readers have told us they'd appreciate an "alert" that would let them know when such a story posts. But we understand that many people see "breaking," and think primarily of accidents, fires, bank robberies and manhunts that are in progress.
Dr K April 05, 2013 at 10:27 PM
should've been content with his free Obama phone

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