A man involved in the 2016 robbery of a Wheaton College student was sentenced June 27 to 10 years in prison following a guilty plea to one count of armed robbery, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
The guility plea of Abeet Ramos, 21, formerly of South Elgin, included an agreement that he would cooperate with the state in the case against his co-defendant. On March 29, Ramos entered his guilty plea in front of Judge John Kinsella, who handed down the sentence.
On Jan. 25, Ramos’ co-defendant, Jeremy Jones, 26, formerly of Elgin, was sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to the same charge, the release stated.
A third co-defendant, Timothy Jones, Jeremy’s brother, was shot and killed in December 2017 in an unrelated matter. Ramos has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail on $3 million bond since Sept. 2, 2016.
On Aug. 26, 2016, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the victim was walking in downtown Glen Ellyn when he was approached by a small SUV occupied by three men. Two men exited the vehicle, displayed a handgun, and ordered the victim into the vehicle, according to the release.
The three men then drove to several ATMs and withdrew more than $1,500 from the victim’s bank account using his ATM card. The men then drove to Chicago where they released the victim and at approximately 11:37 a.m., the release stated.
The victim ran to the nearest building and called 911. An investigation into the matter led by Glen Ellyn Police resulted in charges against the defendants.
“This morning, Judge Kinsella sentenced Mr. Ramos to 10 years in prison and in doing so sent the message that this type of brazen, violent behavior will not be tolerated in DuPage County,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release.
“Mr. Ramos and Mr. Jones have certainly earned the sentences imposed upon them. I cannot begin to imagine the terror that the victim must have felt as these defendants drove him at gunpoint from ATM to ATM and forced him to withdraw more than $1,500 from his bank account," Berlin added.
Ramos will be required to serve 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.