Updated: October 7, 2012 7:59AM
ST. CHARLES TWP. — An Elgin man has been sent to prison for robbing a taxi cab driver at gunpoint in 2011.
Aaron A. McGee, 22, of the 400 block of Belmont Street, Elgin and also of the 9500 block of West Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Wis., was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon to 29 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
McGee was convicted July 24, 2012, of two counts of armed robbery, each a Class X felony.
On May 8, 2011, McGee and a second man summoned a cab, which drove them to the 300 block of Princeton Avenue, Elgin. Upon reaching their destination, McGee exited the cab to get money to pay the cab driver for the ride. The second man remained in the cab.
As McGee returned to the cab, the second man squirted pepper spray at the cab driver’s head and then fled. The victim turned off the car and exited the car. McGee then placed a handgun to the driver’s back, demanded the driver’s cash and threatened to shoot him. After a short struggle the victim ran away, and McGee entered the cab and took a bag that contained the victim’s cell phone. McGee threatened to kill the victim and then fled.
During the investigation, police found the cell phone number that initially was used to call the cab and traced it to McGee. When interviewed by police, McGee acknowledged his role in the robbery and said he had planned to rob the driver when he called him.
The sentence breaks down as 14 years for the armed robbery, plus an additional mandatory 15 years because McGee used a firearm in the commission of the crime.
According to Illinois law, McGee is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. McGee was given credit for at least 408 days served in the Kane County jail.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Alexander Bederka and Mark D. Stajdohar, and investigated by Elgin police detective Brian Gorcowski.