A man faces 21 to 45 years in prison after being found guilty of a 2011 armed robbery.
Vernon Smith was found guilty of Armed Robbery for a December 7, 2011 incident in which a man boarded a Rockford city bus Smith was riding. When the man got off the bus, Smith followed him, walking down East State Street near Highland.
Smith then drew a gun and told the man to give him money. The man, who had withdrawn money from an ATM prior to boarding the bus, handed it over and Smith ran away. The victim called police and a foot chase ensued.
Police recovered the victim's ATM card, over $400 in cash, and the gun and bullets as Smith ran along North Prospect.
Armed Robbery is a Class X Felony with a sentencing range of six to 30 years in prison, but when a gun is used, the sentence can be enhanced. Smith could face 21 to 45 years in prison.
His sentencing is scheduled for March 22.
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