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Naperville man pleads guilty to carjacking taxi

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  • Maurice Martin

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A Naperville man accused of stabbing an Aurora cabdriver and stealing his cab pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular hijacking Wednesday.

Maurice Martin agreed to a sentence of 14 years in prison, according to Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Mark Stajdohar.

Martin, 35, has been held in the Kane County jail since July 6, 2013 on $650,000 bail.

Aurora police said Martin hailed a cab at 4:45 a.m. July 4 at a gas station on Route 59 in Naperville and directed the driver to take him to the Hollywood Casino in Aurora. After making a stop at another gas station to get change for a $100 bill, Martin then gave the driver another destination on the east side of Aurora but kept changing the directions. The two argued about the final destination, and Martin stabbed the driver in the neck with a piece of a broken license plate cover. When the driver jumped out of the car, Martin drove off. The driver was treated for his injury and released from a hospital that day.

An off-duty DuPage County Sheriff's deputy spotted the cab 12 hours later near Butterfield Road and Route 59 in Warrenville. Warrenville, Naperville and Aurora police chased it to Aurora.

Martin also pleaded guilty Wednesday to unrelated charges of violation of an order of protection and violation of probation.

Under the state's truth-in-sentencing law, Martin will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

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