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Madison cellphone store robber gets 9 years in prison

July 13, 2018 GMT

An Illinois man convicted of robbing a Madison cellphone store at gunpoint in January was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Steven Gayden, 23, Aurora, Illinois, was also given five years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge James Peterson in federal court in Madison on Wednesday.

Gayden pleaded guilty in April to robbing the T-Mobile store at One Dempsey Road on the East Side on Jan. 12, along with fellow defendants William Thomas and Doran Skanes.

Employees in the store were ordered to lie down on the floor while the suspects took cellphones, SIM cards and cash, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Thomas and Skanes are scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 2 after pleading guilty to similar charges.

Peterson rejected Gayden’s request for a lower sentence, saying “An armed robbery is so terrorizing to the victims and the community.”