A Carbondale man was sentenced to 65 years in prison last week for his role in an armed robbery in late 2014 at a local trailer park.
Terrance A. Vinson, 37, received a 50-year sentence for home invasion, plus an enhancement of 15 years due to the involvement of a firearm, Friday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court. He also will be required to serve a three-year term of probation upon his release.
Carbondale Police responded Dec. 11, 2014, to a residence at Cedar Court Trailer Park, where a couple told them that several men wearing black clothing had entered their home by force and robbed them while holding them and their 9-year-old child at gunpoint.
According to State’s Attorney Mike Carr, the suspects took the victims’ cell phones when they left the residence, but officers were able to track the phones to a 1988 Cadillac registered to Melvin Sanford.
Officers conducted a felony stop on the vehicle, and they arrested the three occupants: Sanford, Vinson and Elijah Mosley. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers located the stolen cell phones, as well as other items reportedly taken in the robbery.
Sanford will be sentenced at a future date. Mosley was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections for seven years following a guilty plea.