Man's third strike means life in prison after Aurora robbery

Updated 2/16/2018 4:31 PM
  • Donnie Davis

    Donnie Davis

A Chicago man convicted of a March 2016 armed robbery in Kane County has been sentenced to life in prison because it was his third severe felony within a two-decade span.

Donnie Davis, 45, of the 7200 block of South Phillips Avenue, was convicted of armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner's Identification card after a bench trial before Judge D.J. Tegeler last June.

Prosecutors presented evidence Davis went to the victim's home on the 100 block of North Kendall Street in Aurora to buy drugs.

As the two went to the kitchen, instead of paying money Davis pulled a gun and stole $1,000 worth of marijuana and $300, prosecutors said.

Under Illinois law, defendants convicted of three Class X felonies within a 20-year span, not including time in prison, are subject to a life sentence without parole.

Davis was convicted in 1992 in Cook County of aggravated battery with a firearm and in 2008 in McHenry County of home invasion.

"It's unfortunate that someone who has been given multiple opportunities to change his behavior continued to commit violent crimes," State's Attorney Joe McMahon said. "Mr. Davis earned this sentence and many people are safe because he will spend the rest of his life in prison."

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