A 42-year-old Chicago man convicted last year of carjacking a Rosemont cabdriver and robbing a Des Plaines Subway sandwich shop was sentenced on Wednesday to 45 years in prison for aggravated vehicular hijacking.
Larry Hampton, of the 10700 block of South Prairie Avenue, was also sentenced to 15 years for robbing a person over 60 and seven years for robbing the fast food restaurant. The judge ordered him to serve the sentences concurrently.
Hampton received credit for the 894 days he has spent in Cook County Jail since his arrest, which followed a police chase that wound through several suburbs before it concluded on Chicago's North Side.
Hampton, who has an extensive criminal background that includes convictions for robbery, burglary and drug-related offenses, got into a cab near Rosemont's Crowne Plaza Hotel about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 26, 2011, and ordered the 65-year-old driver to take him to a Subway restaurant in Des Plaines, authorities said following Hampton's arrest. While the driver waited, Hampton entered the store and attempted to open the cash register but was confronted by a clerk. After the two men exchanged blows, Hampton ran from the store, hijacked the minivan cab and led police on an hourlong chase that concluded about 7 a.m. that morning when police say Hampton clipped a school bus and ran into a light pole.
Hampton must complete at least 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.