Elginite gets life for kidnapping, 3rd armed robbery
From Submitted Reports October 2, 2013 3:04PM
Updated: November 4, 2013 12:11PM
An Elgin man with a long and violent criminal past has been sentenced to life in prison after his third conviction for armed robbery, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced.
Charles Fleming, 47, of the 300 block of Washington Street, and also of Chicago, was sentenced Wednesday to natural life in prison.
On July 17, Fleming was convicted by a Kane County jury of two counts of armed robbery, each a Class X felony; two counts of aggravated kidnapping, each a Class X felony; and one count of armed violence, a Class X felony.
At about 11 p.m. Oct. 2, 2011, Fleming accosted two employees who were leaving a closed restaurant in the 500 block of North McLean Boulevard in Elgin, according to trial testimony. Fleming forced them inside at gunpoint. He then demanded money from the store safe, but the safe was on a time lock and could not be opened.
Fleming took a small amount of cash from the store and the victims, and he continued to hold the victims inside the store at gunpoint. He beat one of the victims with a wooden rod and fired a handgun into the floor near where a victim was seated.
Around 2:30 a.m., Fleming fell asleep, and the victims escaped and called 911. When Elgin police arrived, Fleming ran out of the restaurant and was apprehended a short time later.
The sentence is four terms of natural life in prison to be served concurrently. The sentence of natural life in prison was mandatory because of Fleming’s two prior armed robbery convictions. Fleming was convicted in 2000 in Cook County and sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Fleming was convicted in 2008 in Cook County and sentenced to six years in IDOC.
“Mr. Fleming, a career criminal, has been permanently removed from civilized society, and our community is much safer as a result,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a release.
“Our thanks to the victims in this case having the courage to confront and testify against Mr. Fleming. Thanks also to the Elgin Police Department, and to Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Greg Sams and Vincent Coyle, who prosecuted the case.”