Released Date 12/18/15

Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott announced today that Jerry Taylor, 36 of Decatur, has been sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the Armed Robbery of the Circle K station at 3798 North Woodford in Decatur r that occurred during the early morning hours of March 18, 2014. Taylor was found guilty at a jury trial in April 2015. For the crime of Armed Robbery, he was sentenced on December 17 by Judge R.C. Bollinger to 15 years in prison plus a mandatory firearms enhancement of 15 years. A concurrent sentence of 14 years was imposed for the crime of Unlawful Possession of Weapon by Felon. Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Shelton, who prosecuted the case, requested sentences totaling 35 years.

On March 18, 2014 at approximately 2:25 AM the clerk at Circle K was robbed of United States Currency at gunpoint. Taylor was the driver of the getaway car. At approximately 3:41 AM officers of the Decatur Police Department stopped the two robbers in the car in the 500 block of East Eldorado. A loaded .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

Taylor has previous convictions for Armed Robbery in Macon County in 1997 and for Drug Trafficking ng in Atoka County, Oklahoma in 2010. He received 10 year prison sentences in both of those cases.

"This was yet another example of the good work of the Decatur Police Department and of Assistant State's Attorney Shelton," Scott said. “Their efforts removed a violent career offender from our streets and made our community safer."

Jay Scott
Macon County State's Attorney