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updated: 8/26/2013 7:09 PM

Chicago man pleads guilty to Streamwood supermarket robbery

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    Derrick Shelby


A 61-year-old Chicago man pleaded guilty Monday to robbing a Streamwood Aldi store at gunpoint.

In exchange for Derrick Shelby's guilty plea, Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon sentenced him to nine years in prison with credit for the 307 days he has spent in Cook County jail since his arrest.

Hanlon also ordered Shelby -- who has convictions for burglary and possession of a controlled substance -- placed in a drug-treatment program for inmates.

Shelby and co-defendants Joseph Bobbitt, 47, and Freddie Clemons, 44, both of Chicago, were accused of entering the supermarket about 10 p.m. Oct. 23, 2012, carrying a weapon, said prosecutors at the trio's bond hearing. They ordered employees to open the cash registers, then lie on the floor, prosecutors said. Shelby, Bobbitt and Clemons fled with more than $800 in cash, according to prosecutors.

Streamwood police caught Shelby outside the store. Soon after, police found Bobbitt hiding in a bush. Clemons, who prosecutors say carried the firearm, fled and was apprehended later. Bobbitt's and Clemons' cases are still pending.

Shelby must complete at least 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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