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Police: 'Delivery man' robber sentenced

Joshua O. Lewis (Source: Carbondale Police Department) Joshua O. Lewis (Source: Carbondale Police Department)

A Carbondale, Illinois man has been sentenced for his role in several armed robberies of restaurant delivery drivers in February 2015.

Joshua O. Lewis, 20, was sentenced in Jackson County Court on April 30 to the Department of Corrections.

On Feb. 22, the Carbondale Police Department was contacted by a delivery driver from an area restaurant. The driver said that he was sent to deliver a pizza to the area of 607 E. Park Street in Carbondale.

When he arrived, he said he met Lewis, who allegedly threw something in the driver's face and then threw the driver up against the wall and to the ground. Lewis then allegedly stood over the driver with a 9-inch knife and demanded his knife.

The driver gave Lewis all of his money and the pizza before fleeing.

On Feb. 26, the police department received more reports of robberies of delivery drivers, notified area restaurant owners to be on the lookout for any phone calls from a particular number that had been used to place delivery orders in instances where drivers were robbed.

Following that warning, a pizza delivery was ordered from that phone number and Carbondale police were notified.

The police department set up a surveillance perimeter around the area where the pizza was to be delivered and a Carbondale officer rode with the pizza delivery driver on this date.

When they arrived at the delivery location, Lewis approached the delivery vehicle and the police officer got out, identified himself as police and told Lewis to stop.

When Lewis tried to run, he was tazed by the officer and arrested.

Police say a knife was found on the ground next to where he was detained.

They say Lewis later admitted his involvement in the other incidents.

Lewis pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery for the Feb. 22 incident and was sentenced to six years in the IDOC. This is a day-for-day sentence, which means that he will be eligible to get one day off of his sentence for each day he completes in prison without incident.

He was given credit for time served and is subject to a three year mandatory supervised release after his release from the DOC.

As for the Feb. 26 incident, Lewis pleaded guilty to one count of attempted armed robbery and was sentenced to six years, also a day-for-day sentence. He is to receive credit for time served and will be subject to a two year mandatory supervised release from the DOC.

These sentences will be served concurrently, meaning they will be served at the same time.

This case was investigated by the Carbondale Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney Mark Hamrock.

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