A Galesburg man will be going to prison for the better part of two decades for a robbery committed almost two years ago.
Knox County Circuit Court records indicate 37-year-old Anthony Williams was sentenced yesterday to a total of 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, after a jury convicted him last October for the robbery of the Shell gas station on Grand Avenue the October before.
Williams allegedly attempted to rob the Shell, lunging across a counter to steal money while wearing a hooded sweatshirt, and also of injuring a gas station employee.
Williams was convicted of Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Battery, and Burglary.
Williams reportedly has a history of incidents since his arrest while at the Knox County Jail. One, which included Criminal Damage to State-Supported Property, was dropped last year.
Williams has, on several occasions, shown erratic behavior in court. In one court hearing almost a year ago before deciding to hire a private attorney, Williams claimed he was being railroaded and that, quote, “the deck is stacked against me.”
He has a month with which to file an appeal.